- 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.
Origin of boycott
Related Words for boycottrefuse, spurn, avoid, snub, reject, exclude, embargo, prohibit, bar, ostracize, outlaw, blackball, blacklist, strike, proscribe
Examples from the Web for boycott
Contemporary Examples of boycott
Those rumors, in turn, sparked a boycott of enterprises affiliated with the family.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
The conservative Christian group mailed out nearly one million cards to supporters calling on them to boycott Disney products.
The 1996 filing (which you can check out here) was, naturally, as silly and frivolous as the boycott push that came before it.
Celebrities like Weir were called on to urge a boycott of the Games.‘To Russia With Love’: Can Johnny Weir Save Russia’s Gays?
October 29, 2014
Last Monday, university students began a boycott of classes.Hong Kong Protesters Fear Martial Law Is Coming
Gordon G. Chang
September 29, 2014
Historical Examples of boycott
The sanction of the caste rules is in a boycott by all members of the caste.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
But in a year they were trembling in the face of that boycott.Flash-lights from the Seven Seas
William L. Stidger
The boycott continues, but it is dwindling in intensity and will soon subside.Peking Dust
Ellen N. La Motte
Indignation meetings were held, and it was determined to boycott the monks.Las Casas
Alice J. Knight
This may vary from the "cold shoulder" to the complete "boycott."Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
- (tr) to refuse to have dealings with (a person, organization, etc) or refuse to buy (a product) as a protest or means of coercionto boycott foreign produce
- an instance or the use of boycotting
Word Origin for boycott
- 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
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.
The refusal to purchase the products of an individual, corporation, or nation as a way to bring social and political pressure for change.