What is exile?

  • (verb): Expel from a country.
    Synonyms: expatriate, deport
    See also — Additional definitions below


Exile means to be away from one's home (i.e. city, state or country), while either being explicitly refused permission to return and/or being threatened with imprisonment or death upon return. It can be a form of punishment and solitude.

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Estonian Government In Exile - Diplomacy
... Of the three Baltic states, only Estonia established a formal government in exile ... exercised by the Estonian consulate (in New York), the government in exile’s role from Oslo was, to a great degree, symbolic in nature ... However, the Estonian government in exile did serve to carry the continuity of the Estonian state forward ...
Kungtzu - Personal Life - Exile
... After Confucius's resignation, he began a long journey or set of journeys around the small kingdoms of northeast and central China, traditionally including the states of Wei, Song, Chen, and Cai ... At the courts of these states, he expounded his political beliefs but did not see them implemented ...
Exile in Drama, Literature, and The Arts - In Greek Tragedy
... herself and her family (including Jason) exiles in Corinth ... could I have found than to marry the king's daughter, poor exile that I was.. ... Euripides likens all women's position to exile in their having to leave home to serve their husbands ...
Estonian Government In Exile
... The Estonian Government in Exile refers to the formally declared governmental authority of the Republic of Estonia in exile, existing from 1953 until the reestablishment of ...

More definitions of "exile":

  • (noun): Voluntarily absent from home or country.
    Synonyms: expatriate
  • (noun): Expelled from home or country by authority.
    Synonyms: deportee

Famous quotes containing the word exile:

    the bird in the poplar tree
    dreaming, his head
    tucked into
    far-and-near exile under his wing ...
    Denise Levertov (b. 1923)

    No exile at the South Pole or on the summit of Mont Blanc separates us more effectively from others than the practice of a hidden vice.
    Marcel Proust (1871–1922)

    Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say “death”;
    For exile hath more terror in his look,
    Much more than death. Do not say “banishment!”
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)