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ostracize

or (especially British) ostracise

[os-truh-sahyz] /ˈɒs trəˌsaɪz/
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.
Origin of ostracize
1640-1650
1640-50; < Greek ostrakízein, equivalent to óstrak(on) potsherd, tile, ballot (akin to óstreion oyster, shell) + -izein -ize
Related forms
ostracizable, adjective
ostracization, noun
ostracizer, noun
Synonyms
1. shun, snub, blacklist.
Antonyms
1. accept.
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Examples from the Web for ostracise
Historical Examples
  • Hence he did not ostracise me; but smiling, said, "Train very late to-day, sir."

  • She knew that the world could not afford to ostracise the men,—though happily it might condemn the women.

    An Eye for an Eye Anthony Trollope
  • In their turn they ostracise him after their fashion; so he becomes a silent, solitary youth, self-reliant, and old for his years.

    The Gamekeeper at Home Richard Jefferies
  • He handled his political opposers with great severity which accounts for the mighty effort made to ostracise him from the Bench.

  • It was manifestly the intention of her family to ostracise her altogether.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • (following him slightly C.) Why yield to her when we might ostracise her?

    Niobe, All Smiles Harry Paulton and Edward A. (Edward Antonio) Paulton
British Dictionary definitions for ostracise

ostracize

/ˈɒstrəˌsaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to exclude or banish (a person) from a particular group, society, etc
2.
(in ancient Greece) to punish by temporary exile
Derived Forms
ostracism, noun
ostracizable, ostracisable, adjective
ostracizer, ostraciser, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek ostrakizein to select someone for banishment by voting on potsherds; see ostracon
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Contemporary definitions for ostracise
verb

to banish or expel; abolish

Word Origin

Greek ostrakizein 'to banish by voting with potsherds'

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Word Origin and History for ostracise
v.

chiefly British English spelling of ostracize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize. Related: Ostracised.

ostracize

v.

1640s, from Greek ostrakizein "to banish," literally "to banish by voting with potshards" (see ostracism). Figurative sense of "to exclude from society" is attested from 1640s. Related: Ostracization; ostracized; ostracizing.

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