exile

Definitions

Commerce

  • noun the state of being sent away from your home country
  • noun a person who is sent away from his own country
  • verb to send someone away from his home country as a punishment

Law

  • noun somebody who has been sent to live in another country as a punishment
  • verb to send someone to live in another country as a punishment

Politics

  • noun a person who has been sent to live in another country as a punishment

Origin & History of “exile”

Latin exul meant ‘banished person’. this was formed from the prefix ex- ‘out’ and a prehistoric Indo-European base *ul- ‘go’ (represented also in Latin ambulāre ‘walk’, source of English amble and ambulance). From it was created the noun exilium ‘banishment’, which in Old French became essil. This was subsequently remodelled to exil, on the basis of its Latin source, and passed on to English.
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