Ostracize definition

ŏstrə-sīz
To banish, bar, exclude, etc.
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To banish by ostracism, as in ancient Greece.
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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.

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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.
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To exclude from a group or society.
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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").

    From Wiktionary