Ostracise



[os-truh-sahyz] /ˈɒs trəˌsaɪz/

verb (used with object), ostracized, ostracizing.
1.
to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.:
His friends ostracized him after his father’s arrest.
2.
to banish (a person) from his or her native country; expatriate.
3.
(in ancient Greece) to banish (a citizen) temporarily by popular vote.
/ˈɒstrəˌsaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to exclude or banish (a person) from a particular group, society, etc
2.
(in ancient Greece) to punish by temporary exile
verb

to banish or expel; abolish
Word Origin

Greek ostrakizein ‘to banish by voting with potsherds’
v.

chiefly British English spelling of ostracize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize. Related: Ostracised.
v.

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.

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