KJV Dictionary Definition: banish


BAN'ISH, v.t.

1. To condemn to exile, or compel to leave one's country, by authority of the prince or government, either for life or for a limited time. It is common for Russians to be banished to Siberia.


2. To drive away; to compel to depart; as, to banish sorrow.

3. To quit one's country voluntarily, and with a view to reside abroad; as, he banished himself.


BAN'ISHED, pp. Compelled to leave one's country; driven away.


BAN'ISHER, n. One who compels another to quit his country.


BAN'ISHING, ppr. Compelling to quit one's country; driving away.


BAN'ISHMENT, n. The act of a prince or government, compelling a citizen to leave his country, either for a limited time or forever, as for some crime.

2. A voluntary forsaking of one's country upon oath, called abjuration. This practice has now ceased in G.Britain.

3. The state of being banished; exile.

4. The act of driving away or dispelling; as the banishment of care from the mind.