[ os-truh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˈɒs trəˌsɪz əm /


exclusion, by general consent, from social acceptance, privileges, friendship, etc.
(in ancient Greece) temporary banishment of a citizen, decided upon by popular vote.

Origin of ostracism

1570–80; < New Latin ostracismus < Greek ostrakismós banishment, equivalent to ostrak(ízein) to ostracize + -ismos -ism
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