boycott

[ boi-kot ]
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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
  1. the practice of boycotting.

  2. an instance of boycotting.

Origin of boycott

1
After Charles C. Boycott (1832–97), English estate manager in Ireland, against whom nonviolent coercive tactics were used in 1880

Other words from boycott

  • boy·cott·er, noun
  • an·ti·boy·cott, noun, adjective
  • pro·boy·cott, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for boycott (1 of 2)

boycott

/ (ˈbɔɪkɒt) /


verb
  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

noun
  1. an instance or the use of boycotting

Origin of boycott

1
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

British Dictionary definitions for Boycott (2 of 2)

Boycott

/ (ˈbɔɪkɒt) /


noun
  1. 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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Cultural definitions for boycott

boycott

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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