exile - definition and synonyms

 
noun 

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/ˈeksaɪl/
singularexile
pluralexiles
  1. 1
    [uncountable] a situation in which you are forced to live in a foreign country because you cannot live in your own country, usually for political reasons

    poems written by Victor Hugo during his exile in the Channel Islands

    in exile:

    The country’s former leader has been living in exile for two years.

    force/send/drive someone into exile:

    After a decade of civil war, the losers are being forced into exile.

    self-imposed exile:

    Wanted in Rome on corruption charges, he now lives in self-imposed exile in Tunisia.

    1. a.
      mainly journalism a period of time in which you live or work away from home or the place that you prefer

      He soon returned to Manchester United after a brief exile in Italy.

  2. 2
    [countable] someone who has been forced to live in a foreign country because they cannot live in their own country, usually for political reasons
    1. a.
      mainly journalism someone who is living or working away from home or the place that they prefer

      a team of Irish exiles in London

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