exclusion, by general consent, from social acceptance, privileges, friendship, etc.
(in ancient Greece) temporary banishment of a citizen, decided upon by popular vote.
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How to use ostracism in a sentence
Aside from social and family ostracism, women could be fired from jobs or lose access to education opportunities.San Diego’s History as a Haven for Desperate Women | Randy Dotinga | July 4, 2022 | Voice of San Diego
Many have opted to preserve their very being rather than conform, no matter the cost of social ostracism.Will ‘Firebird’ focus attention on Eastern European homophobia? | Khelil Bouarrouj | July 22, 2021 | Washington Blade
Beyond concerns about physical health, skin scratching and picking “has a social ostracism associated with it” that can cause significant disruptions in people’s daily lives, Friedman said.Skin picking can be a troubling, visible mark of pandemic stress | Allyson Chiu | May 20, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Corriere della Sera, Italy's largest newspaper, labelled the authorities' behavior as “vile ostracism” toward those faiths.In Italy, Religious Minorities Struggle (Vainly) for Official Recognition | Anna Momigliano | November 14, 2013 | THE 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?
With the gossip already clinging to her name, marriage to Bowden meant also social ostracism.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
Shortly after the democracy obtained another triumph in the ostracism of Cimon .Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8 | Various
Thinking over my sudden ostracism in Pettinger's house that night I only became more and more mystified.In Accordance with the Evidence | Oliver Onions
While in Russia this took the form of actual massacre, in Germany and Austria it assumed the shape of social and civic ostracism.
The white man who has been restored to absolute power so as to establish social ostracism, segregation and lynching is a success.