Dictionary.com

ostracism

[ os-truh-siz-uhm ]
/ ˈɒs trəˌsɪz əm /
Save This Word!

noun
exclusion, by general consent, from social acceptance, privileges, friendship, etc.
(in ancient Greece) temporary banishment of a citizen, decided upon by popular vote.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!
Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Origin of ostracism

1570–80; <New Latin ostracismus<Greek ostrakismós banishment, equivalent to ostrak(ízein) to ostracize + -ismos-ism
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use ostracism in a sentence

FEEDBACK