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 for Ban of the empire
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ban \Ban\ (b[a^]n), n. [AS. bann command, edict; akin to D. ban,
     Icel. bann, Dan. band, OHG. ban, G. bann, a public
     proclamation, as of interdiction or excommunication, Gr.
     fa`nai to say, L. fari to speak, Skr. bhan to speak; cf. F.
     ban, LL. bannum, of G. origin. [root]86. Cf. Abandon,
     Fame.]
     1. A public proclamation or edict; a public order or notice,
        mandatory or prohibitory; a summons by public
        proclamation.
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     2. (Feudal & Mil.) A calling together of the king's (esp. the
        French king's) vassals for military service; also, the
        body of vassals thus assembled or summoned. In present
        usage, in France and Prussia, the most effective part of
        the population liable to military duty and not in the
        standing army.
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     3. pl. Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in church.
        See Banns (the common spelling in this sense).
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     4. An interdiction, prohibition, or proscription. "Under ban
        to touch." --Milton.
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     5. A curse or anathema. "Hecate's ban." --Shak.
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     6. A pecuniary mulct or penalty laid upon a delinquent for
        offending against a ban; as, a mulct paid to a bishop by
        one guilty of sacrilege or other crimes.
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     Ban of the empire (German Hist.), an imperial interdict by
        which political rights and privileges, as those of a
        prince, city, or district, were taken away.
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