Definitions for ostracismˈɒs trəˌsɪz əm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
os•tra•cismˈɒs trəˌsɪz əm(n.)
exclusion, by general consent, from social acceptance, privileges, friendship, etc.
(in ancient Greece) temporary banishment of a citizen, decided upon by popular vote.
Category: Ancient History
Origin of ostracism:
1570–80; < NL ostracismus < Gk ostrakismós banishment
banishment, ostracism, Coventry(noun)
the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent)
"the association should get rid of its elderly members--not by euthanasia, of course, but by Coventry"
the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
In ancient Athens (and some other cities), the temporary banishment by popular vote of a citizen considered dangerous to the state.
Banishment, by some general consent; exclusion from a community or society.
Origin: From ὀστρακισμός, from ὀστρακίζειν + -ισμός.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
banishment (lit. by shell) for a term of years by popular vote from Athens of any individual whose political influence seemed to threaten the liberty of the citizens; the vote was given by each citizen writing the name of the individual on a shell and depositing it in some place appointed, and it was only when supported by 6000 citizens that it took effect.
Translations for ostracism
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to refuse to accept (someone) in society or a group
His former friends ostracized him because of his rudeness.
- uitsluiting, uitstotingAfrikaans
- نَفْي، إبْعاد، نَبْذ، طَرْدArabic
- ostracismoPortuguese (BR)
- vyloučení ze společnostiCzech
- die VerbannungGerman
- välja tõukamine, põlu alla panemineEstonian
- निर्वासन, बहिष्कारHindi
- odbacivanje, odbačenostCroatian
- cserépszavazás; kiközösítésHungarian
- 추방, 배척Korean
- ostrakizmas, atstūmimasLithuanian
- sosial boikott, forvisningNorwegian
- رد، طردPersian
- رد يا نه اخيستلPashto
- uteslutning, utfrysningSwedish
- aforoz, sürmeTurkish
- 排斥Chinese (Trad.)
- sự tẩy chayVietnamese
- 排斥Chinese (Simp.)
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