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Deportation \De`por*ta"tion\, n. [L. depotatio: cf. F. d['e]portation.] The act of deporting or exiling, or the state of being deported; banishment; transportation.

In their deportations, they had often the favor of their conquerors.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, from Middle French déportation, from Latin deporationem (nominative deportatio), noun of action from past participle stem of deportare (see deport (v.2)).


n. The act of deporting or exiling, or the state of being deported; banishment; transportation.

  1. n. the act of expelling a person from their native land; "men in exile dream of hope"; "his deportation to a penal colony"; "the expatriation of wealthy farmers"; "the sentence was one of transportation for life" [syn: exile, expatriation, transportation]

  2. the expulsion from a country of an undesirable alien


Deportation is the expulsion of a person or group of people from a place or country. Today the expulsion of foreign nationals is usually called deportation, whereas the expulsion of nationals is called banishment, exile, or penal transportation. Deportation is an ancient practice, for example: Khosrau I, Sassanid King of Persia, deported 292,000 citizens, slaves, and conquered people to the new city of Ctesiphon in 542 C.E.

Usage examples of "deportation".

Leo Nkounga was the document broker and an illegal alien in Canada from Cameroon who failed to surrender himself for deportation in 1993.

United States was not entitled to a judicial hearing on his claim of citizenship, a person arrested and held for deportation is entitled to a day in court if he denies that he is an alien.

This particular Hutterite Gemein, unlike most of them, had chosen to fight deportation in the courts, and had nearly won.

Klein-Schul, Pierce recalled that fertility was another inbred Hutterite quality, and one which would have made them candidates for deportation even if they had not resisted recruitment of their Trainable children.

The police, satisfied that they had shattered a dangerous gang of maniacs and man-smugglers, turned over to the Federal authorities the unconvicted Kurds, who befure their deportation were conclusively found to belong to the Yezidi clan of devil-worshippers.

He could not fail to learn that deportations were down, that executions were almost as low as they had been under the Tsar, that terror and dread did not stalk the streets with the swagger that they once had.

Uprisings in Congo Basin result in large-scale deportations and unrest.

Curtail the foreigners by, for instance, speeding up deportation procedures for illegals and tightening regulations for family members to join immigrants already in Germany.

Department of Justice moved in, carrying out raids on workers who were aliens, holding them for deportation.

On her sixteenth birthday, Lily would be taken to the port to join a mob of other young illegals destined to live and die on the colony planet, and if it hadn't been for the recent abortion and the implant of a very illicit five-year contraceptive device, the poor little cow wouldn't have lasted until deportation.

I imagined individually the one hundred million tragedies of the Great Cultural Revolution, when deaths, deportations, and family separations were carried out daily by Chinese troops and Red Guard units.

She did not like to think of him brooding all the week-end over possible deportation back into the displaced persons' camps of Europe.

But with three other felonies on your record, the computers opted for deportation.

You were deported because you had supposedly committed four felonies and the legal computers automatically ordered your deportation.

It is the practice of the AVO to turn off the gas supply to a block of houses or flats before serving deportation notices there: a pillow on the bottom shelf of a gas oven is comfortable enough, and there is no pain.