Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Enforced removal from one's native country.
  • n. Self-imposed absence from one's country.
  • n. The condition or a period of living away from one's native country.
  • n. One who lives away from one's native country, whether because of expulsion or voluntary absence.
  • transitive v. To send into exile; banish. See Synonyms at banish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being banished from one's home or country.
  • n. Someone who is banished from one's home or country.
  • v. To send into exile.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Forced separation from one's native country; expulsion from one's home by the civil authority; banishment; sometimes, voluntary separation from one's native country.
  • n. The person expelled from his country by authority; also, one who separates himself from his home.
  • transitive v. To banish or expel from one's own country or home; to drive away.
  • adj. Small; slender; thin; fine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Expulsion from one's country or home by an authoritative decree, for a definite period or in perpetuity; banishment; expatriation: as, the exile of Napoleon; exile to Siberia.
  • n. Residence in a foreign land or a remote place enforced by the government of which one has been a subject or citizen, or by stress of circumstances; separation from one's native or chosen home or country and friends; the condition of living in banishment.
  • n. Removal.
  • n. A banished person; a person expelled from his country or home by authority, or separated from it by necessity: as, Siberian exiles; a band of exiles.
  • n. Synonyms Proscription, expulsion, ostracism.
  • To banish from a country or from a particular jurisdiction by authority, with a prohibition of return, for a limited time or for life; expatriate.
  • Hence To constrain to abandon country or home; drive to a foreign country, literally or figuratively; expel.
  • Slender; thin; fine; light.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. expel from a country
  • n. the act of expelling a person from their native land
  • n. a person who is expelled from home or country by authority
  • n. a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

Etymologies

Middle English exil, from Old French, from Latin exilium, from exul, exsul, exiled person, wanderer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English exil, from Old French essil exil, from Latin exsilium, exilium ("state of exile"), derived from exsul, exul ("exiled person"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Prophet said, _Islam began in exile and it will end in exile_. "

    The Saracen: The Holy War

  • The cheney presidency in exile is giving us a taste of what unfettered political power has to do when they attempt to defend their promotion of uncontrolled big business and profit taking during an unnecessary war of choice.

    Think Progress » Rove: Obama ‘let a cowboy president…violate a fundamental principle of the Constitution.’

  • Palmer, a journalist, first learned about these witches in exile from a 2004 human rights report.

    Sentenced to Witch Camp

  • The other thing you may be referring to is the conversation at the end of the book that Leary had with a hardball Swiss political operative with various intelligence connections while he was in exile from the U.S. government in Switzerland.

    Boing Boing

  • His parents were Russian radicals in exile from the Tsarist regime.

    A Different Stripe:

  • Andrew Wheeler, no longer in exile, is now blogging at ComicMix.

    July 2007

  • Sometimes being in exile is as much punishment as you can get.

    USATODAY.com - Rose: Forgive and forget?

  • Too many people have been under the illusion that a Government in exile is just a group of destitute aliens constituting, more or less, a financial burden on the United States and on the British Empire.

    Norway In War and At The Peace Conference

  • Even now the Romans grumble at what they call their exile, but they are obstinate and tenacious, and to rid our land of them for good it would be necessary for us not only to be united among ourselves when we rise against them, but to remain so, and to oppose with our whole force the fresh armies they will bring against us.

    Beric the Briton : a Story of the Roman Invasion

  • You know how she hates what she calls her exile, and I hear that she has been quietly using all her family influence to obtain his recall and his appointment as a magistrate here.

    Beric the Briton : a Story of the Roman Invasion

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