verb (used with object)
- to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile: He was banished to Devil’s Island.
- to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away: to banish sorrow.
- to expel from a place, esp by an official decree as a punishment
- to drive awayto banish gloom
late 14c., banischen, from banniss-, extended stem of Old French banir “announce, proclaim; levy; forbid; banish, proclaim an outlaw,” from a Germanic source (perhaps Frankish *bannjan “to order or prohibit under penalty”), or from Vulgar Latin cognate *bannire (see bandit). Related: Banished; banishing.