boycott

[boi-kot]
verb (used with object)
1.
to combine in abstaining from, or preventing dealings with, as a means of intimidation or coercion: to boycott a store.
2.
to abstain from buying or using: to boycott foreign products.
noun
3.
the practice of boycotting.
4.
an instance of boycotting.

Origin:
after Charles C. Boycott (1832–97), English estate manager in Ireland, against whom nonviolent coercive tactics were used in 1880

boycotter, noun
antiboycott, noun, adjective
proboycott, adjective

boycott, embargo.
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boycott (ˈbɔɪkɒt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to refuse to have dealings with (a person, organization, etc) or refuse to buy (a product) as a protest or means of coercion: to boycott foreign produce
 
n
2.  an instance or the use of boycotting
 
[C19: after Captain C. C. Boycott (1832--97), Irish land agent for the Earl of Erne, County Mayo, Ireland, who was a victim of such practices for refusing to reduce rents]

Boycott (ˈbɔɪkɒt)
 
n
Geoff(rey). born 1940, English cricketer: captained Yorkshire (1970--78); played for England (1964--74, 1977--82)

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Word Origin & History

boycott
1880, from Irish Land League ostracism of Capt. Charles C. Boycott (1832-1897), land agent of Lough-Mask in County Mayo, who refused to lower rents for his tenant farmers. Quickly adopted by newspapers in languages as far afield as Japanese (boikotto). The family name is from a place in England.
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Cultural Dictionary

boycott definition


The refusal to purchase the products of an individual, corporation, or nation as a way to bring social and political pressure for change.

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Example sentences
Florrie and her family vow to boycott all franchise establishments for a month.
They are mad about the delay so they are going to boycott the film.
To boycott a person is to refuse to deal with him, to take any notice of him, .
There was speculation in recent months that he would boycott the Olympics .
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