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Ban

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A proclamation of outlawry; a denunciation by the church (Anglo-Saxon, ge-ban, a proclamation; verb, ge-bannan).

Marriage bans. (See Banns.)

To ban is to make a proclamation of outlawry. To banish is to proclaim a man an exile. (See Bandit.)

Lever le ban et lʹarrière ban (French). To levy the ban was to call the king’s vassals to active service; to levy the arrière ban was to levy the vassals of a suzerain or under-lord.

“Le mot ban, qui signifle bannière, se disait de lʹappel fait par le seigneur à ses vassaux pour les convoquer sous son etendard. On distinguait le ban composé des vassaux immédiats, qui etalent convoqués par le roi luimême, et lʹarriēre ban, composé des vassanx convoqués par leurs suzerains.”—Bouillet: Dictionnaire dʹHistoire, etc.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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