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.
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").
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