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Definition of Exile


  1. 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.
  2. The person expelled from his country by authority; also, one who separates himself from his home.
  3. To banish or expel from one's own country or home; to drive away.
  4. Small; slender; thin; fine.

Exile Quotations

The perpetuation of slavery, the exile and extermination of American Indians, and the passage of Jim Crow laws weren't carried out at the bidding of a few malefactors of great wealth.
P. J. O'Rourke

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

Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer; the secret of redemption lies in remembrance.
Richard von Weizsaecker

I know how men in exile feed on dreams.

The concept of loneliness and exile and self-sufficiency continually bucks me up.
Christopher Hitchens
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Exile Translations

exile in Danish is eksil
exile in Dutch is verbannen, uitbannen
exile in French is exiler, exilent, exilons, exil, exilez, proscrit
exile in German is Exil
exile in Italian is esule
exile in Latin is exsilium
exile in Norwegian is landflyktighet, landsforvisning, eksil
exile in Spanish is exilio, destierro

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