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removal of a national from his or her country, or the civilized parts of it, for a long period of time or for life. Exile may be a forceful expulsion by the government or a voluntary removal by the citizen, sometimes in order to escape punishment.
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Adam and Eve
America’s lost tribe; suffered expulsion under British. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 2; Am. Lit.: “Evangeline” in Hart, 263]
banished from the Garden of Eden for eating forbidden fruit. [O.T.: Genesis 3:23–24]
ordered from Flora’s court. [Gk. Myth.: Flora Symbolica, 172]
banished, along with Mowbray, by King Richard. [Br. Lit.: Shakespeare Richard II]
cast out from homeland for murdering Abel. [O.T.: Genesis 4:12]
former French penal colony off French Guiana. [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 754]
fire and water
site of Napoleon’s first exile (1814). [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 854]
Hagar and Ishmael
Roman symbol of exile. [Rom. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 451]
Sarah orders Abraham to drive them out. [O.T.: Genesis 21:9–13]
disinherited by father, Cedric the Saxon. [Br. Lit.: Ivanhoe]
banished by jealous stepmother. [Czech. Opera: Smetana, Bartered Bride, Westerman, 404]
treasonous man sentenced to live remainder of life at sea. [Am. Lit.: Man Without a Country]
exiles himself for killing father and marrying mother. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
island of exile for St. John. [N.T.: Revelation 1:9]
marries Cymbeline’s daughter; Cymbeline banishes him. [Br. Lit.: Cymbeline]
Cromwell’s ejection of royalist MPs (1648). [Br. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 871]
her sylvan exile sets scene for comedy. [Br. Lit.: As You Like It]
place of Napoleon’s second exile (1815). [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 2397]
Trail of Tears
place of banishment and exile. [Geography. NCE, 2509–2510]
forced march of 18,000 Cherokees westward to Indian Territory (Oklahoma); 4,000 die of disease and exposure (winter, 1838–1839). [Am. Hist.: EB, 2: 808]
expelled from Cornwall by King Mark for ten years. [Br. Lit.: Le Morte d’Arthur]
lowest caste in India; social outcasts. [Ind. Culture: Brewer Dictionary, 1118]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.