- ostracism; to banish by a popular
vote, as at Athens. --Grote.
2. To banish from society, by a general consent; to exclude from social, political, or private favor; to exclude from conversation or friendship; to shun; as, he was ostracized by his former friends. A person may be ostracized by a formal vote or by a widespread but informal agreement. --Marvell. [1913 Webster +PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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ostracize — index bar (exclude), condemn (ban), defame, denounce (condemn), eliminate (exclude) … Law dictionary
ostracize — (v.) 1640s, from Gk. ostrakizein (see OSTRACISM (Cf. ostracism)). Related: Ostracization; ostracized; ostracizing … Etymology dictionary
ostracize — (Amer.) osÂ·traÂ·cize || É‘strÉ™saÉªz /É’s v. exclude; banish; avoid dealing with; (in ancient Greece) impermanently banish a citizen by popular vote (also ostracise) … English contemporary dictionary
ostracize — *banish, exile, expatriate, deport, transport, extradite … New Dictionary of Synonyms
ostracize — [v] exile, banish avoid, blackball*, blacklist*, boycott, cast out, cold shoulder*, cut, deport, displace, drop, exclude, excommunicate, expatriate, expel, expulse, leave in the cold, oust, reject, shun, shut out, snub, throw out; concepts 25,384 … New thesaurus
ostracize — (also ostracise) ► VERB ▪ exclude from a society or group. DERIVATIVES ostracism noun. ORIGIN Greek ostrakizein, from ostrakon shell or potsherd (on which names were written in voting to banish unpopular citizens) … English terms dictionary
ostracize — [äs′trə sīz΄] vt. ostracized, ostracizing [Gr ostrakizein, to exile by votes written on tiles or potsherds < ostrakon, a shell, potsherd, akin to osteon, bone: see OSSIFY] to banish, bar, exclude, etc. by ostracism SYN. BANISH … English World dictionary
ostracize — os|tra|cize also ostracise BrE [ˈɔstrəsaız US ˈa: ] v [T] [Date: 1800 1900; : Greek; Origin: ostrakizein to send away by voting with broken pieces of pot , from ostrakon broken piece of pot ] if a group of people ostracize someone, they refuse to … Dictionary of contemporary English
ostracize — UK [ˈɒstrəsaɪz] / US [ˈɑstrəˌsaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms ostracize : present tense I/you/we/they ostracize he/she/it ostracizes present participle ostracizing past tense ostracized past participle ostracized to stop accepting someone as a… … English dictionary
ostracize — verb To exclude (a person) from society or from a community, by not communicating with them or by refusing to acknowledge their presence; to refuse to talk to or associate with; to shun. Lesbian studies scholar Ramona Oswald has extended this… … Wiktionary