Here is a context clues worksheeet on the verb banish. It is used only transitively so don’t forget your direct object: you must banish something–an unfaithful lover, cigarettes and the like. It means, variously, “to require by authority to leave a country,” “to drive out or remove from a home or place of usual resort or continuance,” and “to clear away, dispel.” This is a word that pops up across the humanities curriculum, and particularly in social studies. In my experience students don’t know it.
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