verb (used with object), os·tra·cized, os·tra·ciz·ing.
Origin of ostracize
Synonyms for ostracize
Antonyms for ostracize
Related Words for ostracizeexpel, blackball, blacklist, snub, shun, exclude, excommunicate, oust, cut, avoid, drop, displace, boycott, reject, expatriate, deport, cold-shoulder, expulse
Examples from the Web for ostracize
Historical Examples of ostracize
Will you then ostracize the South and compel the abolition of slavery?Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
The defeat was staved off "ostrich" and "ostracize" on to some one else.The Secrets of a Kuttite
Edward O. Mousley
And just for that they chose to turn the cold shoulder on her,—to ostracize her practically.The Lamp in the Desert
Ethel M. Dell
It will never trouble itself to inquire minutely into the truth, but will pronounce its hasty judgment, and then ostracize.We Two
No, let us everywhere put down treason and ostracize traitors.
Word Origin for ostracize
1640s, from Greek ostrakizein "to banish," literally "to banish by voting with potshards" (see ostracism). Figurative sense of "to exclude from society" is attested from 1640s. Related: Ostracization; ostracized; ostracizing.