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Ban definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BAN, n.
1. A public proclamation or edict; a public order or notice, mandatory or prohibitory.
In a more particular sense,
2. Notice of a marriage proposed, or of a matrimonial contract, proclaimed in a church, that any person may object, if he knows of any kindred between the parties, of any precontract or other just cause, why the marriage should not take place.
3. An edict of interdiction or proscription. Hence to put a prince under the ban of the empire, is to divest him of his dignities, and to interdict all intercourse and all offices of humanity with the offender. Sometimes whole cities have been put under the ban, that is, deprived of their rights and privileges.
4. Interdiction; prohibition.
5. Curse; excommunication; anathema.
6. A pecuniary mulct or penalty laid upon a delinquent for offending against a ban.
7. A mulct paid to the bishop by one guilty of sacrilege and other crimes.
8. In military affairs, a proclamation by beat of drum, requiring a strict observance of discipline, either for declaring a new officer, or for punishing an offender.
9. In commerce, a smooth fine muslin, imported from the E.Indies.
BAN, v.t. To curse; to execrate.
BAN, v.i. To curse.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a decree that prohibits something [syn: prohibition, ban, proscription]
2: 100 bani equal 1 leu in Moldova
3: 100 bani equal 1 leu in Romania
4: an official prohibition or edict against something [syn: ban, banning, forbiddance, forbidding]
5: a bachelor's degree in nursing [syn: Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, BAN] v
1: forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper) [syn: ban, censor]
2: prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure; "Smoking is banned in this building"
3: ban from a place of residence, as for punishment [syn: banish, ban]
4: expel from a community or group [syn: banish, ban, ostracize, ostracise, shun, cast out, blackball]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb (banned; banning) Etymology: Middle English bannen to summon, curse, from Old English bannan to summon; akin to Old High German bannan to command, Latin fari to speak, Greek phanai to say, ph?n? sound, voice Date: 12th century transitive verb 1. archaic curse 2. to prohibit especially by legal means <ban discrimination>; also to prohibit the use, performance, or distribution of <ban a book> <ban a pesticide> 3. bar 3c <banned from the U.N.> intransitive verb archaic to utter curses or maledictions II. noun Etymology: Middle English, partly from bannen & partly from Old French ban, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bannan to command Date: 14th century 1. the summoning in feudal times of the king's vassals for military service 2. anathema, excommunication 3. malediction, curse 4. legal or formal prohibition <a ban on beef exports> 5. censure or condemnation especially through social pressure III. noun (plural bani) Etymology: Romanian, money, coin, small coin Date: 1880 see leu at money table

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. (banned, banning) forbid, prohibit, esp. formally. --n. 1 a formal or authoritative prohibition (a ban on smoking). 2 a tacit prohibition by public opinion. 3 a sentence of outlawry. 4 archaic a curse or execration. Etymology: OE bannan summon f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ban Ban, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Banning.] [OE. bannen, bannien, to summon, curse, AS. bannan to summon; akin to Dan. bande, forbande, to curse, Sw. banna to revile, bannas to curse. See Ban an edict, and cf. Banish.] 1. To curse; to invoke evil upon. --Sir W. Scott. 2. To forbid; to interdict. --Byron.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. 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. 3. pl. Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in church. See Banns (the common spelling in this sense). 4. An interdiction, prohibition, or proscription. ``Under ban to touch.'' --Milton. 5. A curse or anathema. ``Hecate's ban.'' --Shak. 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. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ban Ban, n. [Serv. ban; cf. Russ. & Pol. pan a master? lord, Per. ban.] An ancient title of the warden of the eastern marches of Hungary; now, a title of the viceroy of Croatia and Slavonia.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ban Ban, v. i. To curse; to swear. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(bans, banning, banned) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. To ban something means to state officially that it must not be done, shown, or used. Canada will ban smoking in all offices later this year. ...a banned substance. = prohibit VERB: V n, V-ed banning (bannings) No reason was given for the banning of the magazine... Opposition groups see the bannings as the latest stage of a government clampdown. N-VAR 2. A ban is an official ruling that something must not be done, shown, or used. The General also lifted a ban on political parties. N-COUNT: oft N on n 3. If you are banned from doing something, you are officially prevented from doing it. He was banned from driving for three years. = bar VERB: be V-ed from n, also V n

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

(A, Ban; B, Bainan; 1 Esdras 5:37 = Tobiah (Ezr 2:60; Ne 7:62); some manuscripts of the Septuagint read Boua): The descendants of Ban were not able to trace their ancestry to show "how they were of Israel."

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Proclamation, edict. 2. Curse, malediction, excommunication, denunciation, execration, anathema. 3. Interdiction, interdict, prohibition, outlawry, prohibitory penalty. II. v. a. 1. Curse, execrate, anathematize, maledict. 2. Interdict, imban, outlaw, put under ban or prohibition.

Moby Thesaurus

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