- to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.: His friends ostracized him after his father's arrest.
- to banish (a person) from his or her native country; expatriate.
- (in ancient Greece) to banish (a citizen) temporarily by popular vote.
Origin of ostracize
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Examples from the Web for ostracization
What can this tell us about the history of disability and ostracization?Living With Disability in the Dark Ages
July 22, 2014
My family suffers from the ostracization I experienced until this very day.Peter Beinart’s Bias Against Me, Cory Booker, and Israel
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
June 14, 2013
She was also too heavily conditioned to graduate, and she hated college since her ostracization by the Sans.Marjorie Dean College Junior
- to exclude or banish (a person) from a particular group, society, etc
- (in ancient Greece) to punish by temporary exile
Word Origin and History for ostracization
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.