- 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.
Origin of ostracize
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Examples from the Web for 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.
- to exclude or banish (a person) from a particular group, society, etc
- (in ancient Greece) to punish by temporary exile
Word Origin and History 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.