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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 their 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

First recorded in 1640鈥50; from Greek ostrak铆zein, equivalent to 贸strak(n) 鈥減otsherd, tile, ballot鈥 (akin to 贸streion oyster, 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
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