Petalism meaning

(historical) A form of ostracism among the ancient Syracusans by which they temporarily banished a citizen suspected of having dangerous influence or ambition. [from 17th c.]
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Origin of petalism

  • From Middle French petalisme, and its source, Hellenistic Ancient Greek πεταλισμός (petalismos), from πέταλον (petalon, “leaf”) (because the ballot for banishment was written on olive leaves).

    From Wiktionary