Examples from the Web for ostracism
But what the boy geeks miss, she argues, is that they are not the only ones who have to deal with harassment or ostracism.
Martyrdom, in this context, being defined as “mockery, slander, ostracism.”‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream|Candida Moss|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Shame and ostracism are not guaranteed to be effective; like the recalcitrant husband, Israel may indeed dig in.
What would be the point besides at a minimum misery, isolation, ostracism, and constant behind-the-back derision?
This is ostracism, and ostracism, so to speak, is a physiological organ of democracy.The Cult of Incompetence|Emile Faguet
Your club, Sir Philip, will do me honour by such an ostracism.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
In 1903, after nine years of ostracism, M. Albert Carr revived this forgotten work.My Recollections|Jules Massenet
He knew that this meant banishment, ostracism, and persecution by the Government.The Tragedy of St. Helena|Walter Runciman
This institution of the ostracism has immortalized one obscure and rather illiterate member of the democracy of Athens.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
Word Origin and History for ostracism
1580s, a method of 10-year banishment in ancient Athens, by which the citizens gathered and each wrote on a potsherd or tile the name of a man they deemed dangerous to the liberties of the people, and a man whose name turned up often enough was sent away. From Middle French ostracisme (16c.), Modern Latin ostracismus, or directly from Greek ostrakismos, from ostrakizein "to ostracize," from ostrakon "tile, potsherd," from PIE *ost-r-, from root *ost- "bone" (see osseous). The Greek word is related to osteon "bone," ostreion "oyster" (and cognate with German Estrich "pavement," which is from Medieval Latin astracus "pavement," ultimately from Greek ostrakon).
A similar practice in ancient Syracuse (with banishment for five years) was by writing names on olive leaves, and thus was called petalismos.