verb (used with object)
Origin of boycott
Examples from the Web for boycott
Those rumors, in turn, sparked a boycott of enterprises affiliated with the family.
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?|Kevin Fallon|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last Monday, university students began a boycott of classes.
And to make matters worse, they now bear the brunt of the Chinese boycott aimed at American goods.The Old World and Its Ways|William Jennings Bryan
There is hot talk of a boycott to be extended to everything sold or handled by the Hatch syndicate.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
Japan felt the effects of the boycott more than any other country.Introduction to Non-Violence|Theodore Paullin
Indignation meetings were held, and it was determined to boycott the monks.Las Casas|Alice J. Knight
And now comes this Treaty with a further development of this same policy of blockade and boycott.The New Germany|George Young
Word Origin for boycott
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.