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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

As it stands, motherhood is a sort of wilderness through which each woman hacks her way, part martyr, part pioneer; a turn of events from which some women derive feelings of heroism, while others experience a sense of exile from the world they knew.
Rachel Cusk

My father was a professor of political science and also a young politician fighting for democracy in Kenya, and when things got ugly, he went into political exile in Mexico. Then I moved back to Kenya shortly after I turned one, and I grew up in Kenya.
Lupita Nyong'o

We live in the age of the refugee, the age of the exile.
Ariel Dorfman

Exile is more than a geographical concept. You can be an exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room.
Mahmoud Darwish

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.
Warren G. Harding
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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