banish vs blackball what difference

what is difference between banish and blackball



From Middle English banysshen, from Old French banir (to proclaim, ban, banish) and Old English bannan, from Proto-Germanic *bannaną (curse, forbid). Compare to French bannir.


  • enPR: băn’ĭsh, IPA(key): /ˈbænɪʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ænɪʃ


banish (third-person singular simple present banishes, present participle banishing, simple past and past participle banished)

  1. (heading) To send someone away and forbid that person from returning.
    1. (with simple direct object)
      If you don’t stop talking blasphemies, I will banish you.
    2. (with from)
      He was banished from the kingdom.
    3. (dated, with out of)
    4. (archaic, with two simple objects (person and place))
      • , II.10:
        he never referreth any one unto vertue, religion, or conscience: as if they were all extinguished and banished the world [].
      • 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society, 1985, p.190:
        Then yours she will never be! You are banished her presence; her mother has opened her eyes to your designs, and she is now upon her guard against them.
  2. To expel, especially from the mind.

Related terms

  • banishment


Further reading

  • banish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • banish in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • banish at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • Bhasin, Bishan, ash-bin, ashbin, bash in, bashin’, nisbah



black +‎ ball


  • enPR: blăk’bôl’, IPA(key): /ˈblækbɔːl/


blackball (countable and uncountable, plural blackballs)

  1. (countable) A rejection; a vote against admitting someone.
  2. (countable) A black ball used to indicate such a negative vote.
  3. (countable) A kind of large black sweet; a niggerball.
  4. A substance for blacking shoes, boots, etc. or for taking impressions of engraved work.
  5. (uncountable) A game, a standardized version of the English version of eight-ball.
    Synonym: reds and yellows


blackball (third-person singular simple present blackballs, present participle blackballing, simple past and past participle blackballed)

  1. (transitive) To vote against, especially in an exclusive organization.
  2. (transitive) To ostracize.
    Synonyms: blacklist, send to Coventry; see also Thesaurus:ignore, Thesaurus:boycott

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