- To ostracize is to deliberately exclude or leave someone out.
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 verbos·tra·cized, os·tra·ciz·ing, os·tra·ciz·es
- To exclude from a group or society: “Lionesses with worn and missing teeth are not ostracized from their pride, but live out their old age &ellipsis; 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 ὀστρακίζω (ostrakizō, “I ostracize, banish by voting with pot shards”), from ὄστρακον (ostrakon, “clay pot”).