ostracize

[os-truh-sahyz]
verb (used with object), ostracized, ostracizing.
1.
to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.: His friends ostracized him after his father's arrest.
2.
to banish (a person) from his or her native country; expatriate.
3.
(in ancient Greece) to banish (a citizen) temporarily by popular vote.
Also, especially British, ostracise.


Origin:
1640–50; < Greek ostrakízein, equivalent to óstrak(on) potsherd, tile, ballot (akin to óstreion oyster, shell) + -izein -ize

ostracizable, adjective
ostracization, noun
ostracizer, noun


1. shun, snub, blacklist.


1. accept.
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ostracize or ostracise (ˈɒstrəˌsaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to exclude or banish (a person) from a particular group, society, etc
2.  (in ancient Greece) to punish by temporary exile
 
[C17: from Greek ostrakizein to select someone for banishment by voting on potsherds; see ostracon]
 
ostracise or ostracise
 
vb
 
[C17: from Greek ostrakizein to select someone for banishment by voting on potsherds; see ostracon]
 
'ostracism or ostracise
 
n
 
'ostracizable or ostracise
 
adj
 
'ostracisable or ostracise
 
adj
 
'ostracizer or ostracise
 
n
 
'ostraciser or ostracise
 
n

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ostracize
1640s, from Gk. ostrakizein (see ostracism). Related: Ostracization; ostracizing.
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Example sentences
Maybe they were ostracized at an early age for being smart instead of sporty.
The wives then get ostracized from the community once they become ill.
Many of us who grew up his contemporaries never felt otherwise and were
  ostracized for it.
Since then, both have been ostracized from the mainstream scientific community.
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