Definition of Ostracize

1. Verb. Expel from a community or group.




2. Verb. Avoid speaking to or dealing with. "Ever since I spoke up, my colleagues ostracize me"
Exact synonyms: Ostracise
Entails: Avoid
Generic synonyms: Exclude, Keep Out, Shut, Shut Out
Specialized synonyms: Boycott
Derivative terms: Ostracism, Ostracism, Ostracism, Ostracism

Definition of Ostracize

1. v. t. To exile by ostracism; to banish by a popular vote, as at Athens.

Definition of Ostracize

1. 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ostracize

1. [v -CIZED, -CIZING, -CIZES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ostracize

ostraceous
ostracion
ostraciont
ostracionts
ostracise
ostracised
ostracises
ostracising
ostracism
ostracisms
ostracite
ostracites
ostracizable
ostracization
ostracizations
ostracize (current term)
ostracized
ostracizes
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ostracod
ostracoda
ostracode
ostracoderm
ostracodermi
ostracoderms
ostracodes
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ostracoid
ostracoidea
ostracoids

Literary usage of Ostracize

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1. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"Coventry, To send one to, to taboo, to ostracize, to boycott,—a colloquial phrase used mainly by English school-boys. Coventry may be a corruption of ..."

2. Modern Eloquence by Thomas Brackett Reed, Rossiter Johnson, Justin McCarthy, Albert Ellery Bergh (1903)
"... as these: in North Carolina 631000 citizens will ostracize 331000 citizens; in Virginia 719000 citizens ostracize 533000 citizens; in Alabama 596000 ..."

3. The Works of James Abram Garfield by James Abram Garfield (1882)
"... as these: in North Carolina 631000 citizens will ostracize 331000 citizens ; in Virginia, 719000 citizens will ostracize 533000 citizens; in Alabama, ..."

4. Crabb's English Synonyms by George Crabb (1917)
"ostracize meant originally to banish by a vote written on a potsherd, ... ostracize differs from proscribe, banish, etc., in indicating a cutting off of the ..."

5. Hellenic Civilization by George Willis Botsford (1915)
"For three years in fact they continued to ostracize the friends of the tyrants, on account of whom the law had been enacted ; and in the fourth year they ..."

6. Report of the Proceedings by Church congress (1895)
"(4) Nor can I recognize much greater justice in another charge, namely, that we ostracize them—I use their own word—ostracize them from society. ..."

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