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[boi-kot] /ˈbɔɪ kɒt/
verb (used with object)
to combine in abstaining from, or preventing dealings with, as a means of intimidation or coercion:
to boycott a store.
to abstain from buying or using:
to boycott foreign products.
the practice of boycotting.
an instance of boycotting.
after Charles C. Boycott (1832-97), English estate manager in Ireland, against whom nonviolent coercive tactics were used in 1880
Related forms
boycotter, noun
antiboycott, noun, adjective
proboycott, adjective
Can be confused
boycott, embargo. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for boycotts
  • Consumer boycotts are a matter of individual choice.
  • Controversy and boycotts were features of the earlier conferences against racism as well.
  • The unions' solution is to recruit workers and negotiate-if necessary by boycotts and strikes-better pay and conditions.
  • In other words, it reduces the risk of boycotts and bad publicity.
  • There followed boycotts, strikes and civil disobedience directed against the ruling white minority.
  • One is the legacy of the firm's past scandals involving the sale of milk powder in poor countries, which led to painful boycotts.
  • With so many close friends in the region, western sanctions and boycotts carry relatively little sting.
  • Social media has made it easier than ever to organize protests and boycotts.
  • Principled though they were, both boycotts may well have been mistakes.
  • Ethiopians voted today in their country's first multiparty elections, but the balloting was marred by opposition boycotts.
British Dictionary definitions for boycotts


(transitive) 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
an instance or the use of boycotting
Word Origin
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


Geoff(rey). born 1940, English cricketer: played for Yorkshire (1962–86); played in 108 test matches (1964–1982); first England batsman to score 8,000 test runs
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Word Origin and History for boycotts


1880, noun and verb, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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boycotts in Culture

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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