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 for banishment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Banishment \Ban"ish*ment\, n. [Cf. F. bannissement.]
     The act of banishing, or the state of being banished.
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           He secured himself by the banishment of his enemies.
                                                    --Johnson.
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           Round the wide world in banishment we roam. --Dryden.
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     Syn: Expatriation; ostracism; expulsion; proscription; exile;
          outlawry.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  banishment
      n 1: the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from
           society by general consent); "the association should get
           rid of its elderly members--not by euthanasia, of course,
           but by Coventry" [syn: banishment, ostracism,
           Coventry]
      2: rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing
         someone [syn: banishment, proscription]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  33 Moby Thesaurus words for "banishment":
     ban, blackball, blackballing, blacklist, boycott, boycottage,
     defrocking, degradation, demotion, depluming, deportation,
     deprivation, disbarment, disfellowship, displacement, displuming,
     exclusion, excommunication, exile, expatriation, expulsion,
     extradition, fugitation, ostracism, ostracization, outlawing,
     outlawry, proscription, relegation, rustication, stripping,
     transportation, unfrocking
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BANISHMENT, crim. law. A punishment inflicted upon criminals, by compelling 
  them to quit a city, place, or country, for, a specified period of time, or 
  for life. Vide 4 Dall. 14. Deportation; Relegation. 
  
  

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