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ostracize

[ os-truh-sahyz ]
/ 藞蓲s tr蓹藢sa瑟z /
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verb (used with object), os路tra路cized, os路tra路ciz路ing.
to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.: His friends ostracized him after his father's arrest.
to banish (a person) from his or her native country; expatriate.
(in ancient Greece) to banish (a citizen) temporarily by popular vote.
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Also especially British, os路tra路cise .

Origin of ostracize

1640鈥50; <Greek ostrak铆zein, equivalent to 贸strak(on) potsherd, tile, ballot (akin to 贸streionoyster, shell) + -izein-ize

OTHER WORDS FROM ostracize

os路tra路ciz路a路ble, adjectiveos路tra路ci路za路tion, nounos路tra路ciz路er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ostracize

ostracize

ostracise

/ (藞蓲str蓹藢sa瑟z) /

verb (tr)
to exclude or banish (a person) from a particular group, society, etc
(in ancient Greece) to punish by temporary exile

Derived forms of ostracize

ostracism, nounostracizable or ostracisable, adjectiveostracizer or ostraciser, noun

Word Origin for ostracize

C17: from Greek ostrakizein to select someone for banishment by voting on potsherds; see ostracon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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