ostracizing

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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