An example of ostracize is when you don't invite one person in the class to a party that everyone else is going to.
transitive verb-·cized·, -·ciz·ing
Origin of ostracizeClassical Greek ostrakizein, to exile by votes written on tiles or potsherds from ostrakon, a shell, potsherd, akin to osteon, bone: see ossify
transitive verbos·tra·cized, os·tra·ciz·ing, os·tra·ciz·es
- To exclude from a group or society: “Lepers wrapped in bandages—ostracized from their villages and unable to obtain work—rushed up to passing cars, waving crude handmade flags to warn of potholes, in the hope that motorists would fling loose change at them before they got too close” ( John Ghazvinian ) “Lionesses with worn and missing teeth are not ostracized from their pride, but live out their old age … supported by the hunting of younger females” ( Cindy Engel )
- To banish by ostracism, as in ancient Greece.
Origin of ostracizeGreek ostrakizein from ostrakon shell, potsherd (from the potsherds used as ballots in voting for ostracism) ; see ost- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ostracizes, present participle ostracizing, simple past and past participle ostracized)
- 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.
From Ancient Greek á½€ÏƒÏ„ÏÎ±ÎºÎ¯Î¶Ï‰ (ostrakizÅ, “I ostracize, banish by voting with pot shards"), from á½„ÏƒÏ„ÏÎ±ÎºÎ¿Î½ (ostrakon, “clay pot").