verb (used with object), os·tra·cized, os·tra·ciz·ing.
Origin of ostracize
Synonyms for ostracize
Antonyms for ostracize
Examples from the Web for ostracise
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.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
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
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
Word Origin for ostracize
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.