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  • noun The expulsion of foreigners.

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Ancient Greek

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  • The Spartans' word for expulsion of foreigners. The OED quotes George Grote: 'Nor were strangers permitted to stay at Sparta; they came thither it seems, by a sort of sufferance, but the uncourteous process called xenêlasy was always available to remove them.'

    September 28, 2008