An example of ostracize is when you don't invite one person in the class to a party that everyone else is going to.
Origin of ostracize
- Greek ostrakizein from ostrakon shell, potsherd (from the potsherds used as ballots in voting for ostracism) ost- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek ὀστρακίζω (ostrakizō, “I ostracize, banish by voting with pot shards"), from ὄστρακον (ostrakon, “clay pot").