verb (used with object), os·tra·cized, os·tra·ciz·ing.
Origin of ostracize
Examples from the Web for ostracize
It will never trouble itself to inquire minutely into the truth, but will pronounce its hasty judgment, and then ostracize.We Two|Edna Lyall
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
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
Legally your actions cannot be assailed, but morally they should ostracize you from decent society.Mary Louise Solves a Mystery|L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for ostracize
Word Origin for ostracize
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.