When one kid in the class is never invited to parties or allowed to sit with the others at lunch, this is an example of ostracism.
Other Word Forms
Origin of ostracism
- French ostracisme from Greek ostrakismos from ostrakizein to ostracize ostracize
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek ὀστρακισμός (otrakismos, “banishment by means of voting with pot shards"), from ὀστρακίζειν (ostrakizein, “ostracize") + -ισμός (-ismos, “-ism").