transitive verb (-cized; -cizing) Etymology: Greek ostrakizein to banish by voting with potsherds, from ostrakon shell, potsherd — more at oyster Date: 1649 1. to exile by ostracism 2. to exclude from a group by common consent

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  • Ostracize — Os tra*cize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ostracized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ostracizing}.] [Gr. ostraki zein, fr. o strakon a tile, a tablet used in voting, a shell; cf. o streon oyster, oste on bone. Cf. {Osseous}, {Oyster}.] 1. (Gr. Antiq.) To exile by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ostracize — index bar (exclude), condemn (ban), defame, denounce (condemn), eliminate (exclude) …   Law dictionary

  • ostracize — (v.) 1640s, from Gk. ostrakizein (see OSTRACISM (Cf. ostracism)). Related: Ostracization; ostracized; ostracizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • ostracize — (Amer.) os·tra·cize || É‘strÉ™saɪz /É’s v. exclude; banish; avoid dealing with; (in ancient Greece) impermanently banish a citizen by popular vote (also ostracise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ostracize — *banish, exile, expatriate, deport, transport, extradite …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ostracize — [v] exile, banish avoid, blackball*, blacklist*, boycott, cast out, cold shoulder*, cut, deport, displace, drop, exclude, excommunicate, expatriate, expel, expulse, leave in the cold, oust, reject, shun, shut out, snub, throw out; concepts 25,384 …   New thesaurus

  • ostracize — (also ostracise) ► VERB ▪ exclude from a society or group. DERIVATIVES ostracism noun. ORIGIN Greek ostrakizein, from ostrakon shell or potsherd (on which names were written in voting to banish unpopular citizens) …   English terms dictionary

  • ostracize — [äs′trə sīz΄] vt. ostracized, ostracizing [Gr ostrakizein, to exile by votes written on tiles or potsherds < ostrakon, a shell, potsherd, akin to osteon, bone: see OSSIFY] to banish, bar, exclude, etc. by ostracism SYN. BANISH …   English World dictionary

  • ostracize — os|tra|cize also ostracise BrE [ˈɔstrəsaız US ˈa: ] v [T] [Date: 1800 1900; : Greek; Origin: ostrakizein to send away by voting with broken pieces of pot , from ostrakon broken piece of pot ] if a group of people ostracize someone, they refuse to …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ostracize — UK [ˈɒstrəsaɪz] / US [ˈɑstrəˌsaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms ostracize : present tense I/you/we/they ostracize he/she/it ostracizes present participle ostracizing past tense ostracized past participle ostracized to stop accepting someone as a… …   English dictionary

  • ostracize — verb 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. Lesbian studies scholar Ramona Oswald has extended this… …   Wiktionary

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