Definition of ostracize in English:

ostracize

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Exclude (someone) from a society or group.

    ‘a group of people who have been ridiculed, ostracized, and persecuted for centuries’
    • ‘In privileging a discourse about the self and the other exclusively, the expat gaze overlooks identities ostracized or exiled by the national.’
    • ‘It was almost impossible for them to contemplate escaping to a society that would only ostracise them and condemn them as sinners.’
    • ‘Those women who could not square their consciences and support the national war effort found themselves, like male conscientious objectors, ostracised and condemned as traitors.’
    • ‘The couple were ostracised both financially and socially.’
    • ‘I do not want to be despised and ostracized wherever I go.’
    • ‘Churches, unions, parties, bourgeois conventions, working-class and peasant cultures no longer furnish models which all are obliged to observe if they do not wish to be ostracized.’
    • ‘By the time of Campanella's death, only five years after his arrival in France, he had become ostracized, intellectually isolated, and antiquated.’
    • ‘Apart from the shame of being socially ostracised, they must have indeed been in a state of shock and disbelief that their once privileged and envied existence was crumbling around them.’
    • ‘But banishing doubt runs the very real risk of banishing - or at least ostracizing - thought.’
    • ‘Some police families worried about being ostracized by their own neighbors.’
    • ‘Superheroes have been outlawed and ostracized.’
    • ‘You would essentially be ostracising yourself from your society's culture.’
    • ‘Those who stepped out of line, who adopted Western styles or non-conformist attitudes, found themselves ostracized, assaulted, and even imprisoned.’
    • ‘No longer ostracized from the national community, the painting and its maker had become powerful icons of national unity.’
    • ‘He persisted in these tactics for several years despite being resisted actively by the other harvesters and ostracized on the wharf and in the community.’
    • ‘More frequently, individuals who did not conform to their place in the gender system were exposed and ostracized.’
    • ‘He was deprived of many rights, and ostracized.’
    • ‘Einstein's theory of relativity was ostracized by many scientists in the cause of self-preservation, while quantum mechanics and cybernetics were virtually banned.’
    • ‘A young man could remain a member either until he married or reached the age of 3O or so, and in fact he could not refuse to become a member without being ostracized.’
    • ‘I would hate to see the children ostracized because of their father's activities.’
    exclude, shun, spurn, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder, reject, repudiate, boycott, blackball, blacklist, cast off, cast out, shut out, avoid, ignore, snub, cut dead, keep at arm's length, leave out in the cold, bar, ban, debar, banish, exile, expel
    send to coventry
    disfellowship
    freeze out, hand someone the frozen mitt
    blank
    cut
    excommunicate
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    1. 1.1 (in ancient Greece) banish (an unpopular or too powerful citizen) from a city for five or ten years by popular vote.
      • ‘Requiring that someone had over 6000 votes before being ostracised was an added feature to try to ensure that only when a person was unpopular with a large number of voters was exile the result.’
      • ‘The chief result of the War was that the Athenian Empire was divided, the subject states of the Delian league were liberated, direct democracy failed and Pericles was ostracized.’
      • ‘He lost the battle, and was ostracized; most Athenians did not agree with him.’
      • ‘This was the issue on which opposition to him was focused by Thucydides son of Melesias, a relative of Cimon, but Thucydides was ostracized c. 443 and the building continued.’
      banish, exile, deport, evict, expatriate, dismiss, displace
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Greek ostrakizein, from ostrakon shell or potsherd (on which names were written, in voting to banish unpopular citizens).

Pronunciation:

ostracize

/ˈästrəˌsīz/