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KJV Dictionary / E / exile

KJV Dictionary Definition: exile


EX'ILE, n. eg'zile. L. exilium, exul; The word is probably compounded of ex and a root in Sl, signifying to depart, or cut off, to separate, or the thrust away, perhaps L. salio.

1. Banishment; the state of being expelled from one's native country or place of residence by authority, and forbid to return, either for a limited time or for perpetuity.

2. An abandonment of one's country, or removal to a foreign country for residence, through fear, disgust or resentment, or for any cause distinct from business, is called a voluntary exile, as is also a separation from one's country and friends by distress or necessity.

3. The person banished, or expelled from his country by authority; also, one who abandons his country and resides in another; or one who is separated from his country and friends by necessity.

EX'ILE, v.t. To banish, as a person from his country or from a particular jurisdiction by authority, with a prohibition of return; to drive away, expel or transport from one's country.

1. To drive from one's country by misfortune, necessity or distress.

To exile one's self, is to quit one's country with a view not to return

EX'ILE, a. eg'zil, L. exilis. Slender; thin; fine.


EX'ILED, pp. Banished; expelled from one's country by authority.


EX'ILEMENT, n. Banishment.


EX'ILING, ppr. Banishing; expelling from one's country by law, edict or sentence; voluntarily departing from one's country, and residing in another.


EXIL'ITY, n. L. exilitas. Slenderness; fineness; thinness.

Definitions from Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828.
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