from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One exiled by his or her own decision or volition.


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  • The arrest was announced as anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr headed back to Iran, according to two senior aides, after a brief two-week visit breaking nearly four years of self-exile.

    Official: Iraq militia chief behind pilgrim blasts

  • Mr. Thaksin, who was ousted in 2006 by military junta, is now living in self-exile to evade imprisonment on a corruption conviction.

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  • In the minds of Evangelicals, they were recreating the Puritan's self-exile from England by looking for a purer and better place, this time not a geographical "place" but a sanctuary within their minds and in inward-looking schools and churches undisturbed by facts.

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  • From his self-exile in Dubai, the former telecommunications billionaire is promoting a combination of tax cuts and large salary increases to strengthen Thailand's domestic economy and reduce its dependence on fragile export markets if the For Thais party wins.

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  • And then, proving that he has been in New Hampshire self-exile for rather too long a period, he added this howler:

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  • Chris Jackson/Getty Images After a period of self-exile, Mr. Husain opted for Qatari citizenship in 2010.

    M.F Husain Dies

  • Ms. Yingluck is generally viewed as a nominee of her brother, Mr. Thaksin, who currently lives in self-exile in Dubai to evade a prison sentence after he was convicted of corruption and abuse of power—charges that he denies and says were politically motivated.

    Thai Election Looms As Instability Dents Confidence In Economy

  • The fact I have nothing quite like the life and people and excitement of an old Chicago diner here in the rural, where I have lived in a state of self-exile for more years than even I can imagine.

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  • After his return to Britain and self-exile to Wiltshire, he invented a device capable of detecting tiny concentrations of substances in the atmosphere, including the CFCs then used as refrigerants and aerosol propellants.

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  • Something of my father's exile from Scotland – self-exile really – and then exile from Great Britain, has rubbed off on me and probably affected the way I write.

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