Definitions for ostracizeˈɒs trəˌsaɪz
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banish, ban, ostracize, ostracise, shun, cast out, blackball(verb)
expel from a community or group
avoid speaking to or dealing with
"Ever since I spoke up, my colleagues ostracize me"
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.
Origin: [Gr. 'ostraki`zein, fr. 'o`strakon a tile, a tablet used in voting, a shell; cf. 'o`streon oyster, 'oste`on bone. Cf. Osseous, Oyster.]
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.
Origin: From ὀστρακίζω, from ὄστρακον.
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