ostracize definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To exclude from a group. See Synonyms at blackball.
    • To banish by ostracism, as with old Greece.
    • To exile by ostracism; to banish by a popular vote, as at Athens.
    • To banish from community, by a broad consent; to exclude from personal, political, or private favor; to exclude from discussion or relationship; to shun. One are ostracized by a formal vote or by a widespread but informal agreement.
  • verb:
    • To exclude (people) from society or from a residential district, by maybe not communicating with all of them or by declining to acknowledge their presence; to will not speak to or keep company with; to shun.
    • avoid talking to or working with
    • expel from a community or team
  • others:
    • To exile by ostracism; banish by preferred vote, as persons dreaded for impact or power had been banished by the old Athenians. See ostracism, 1.
    • Hence To banish from culture; placed underneath the ban; exclude from general public or exclusive favor.
    • In addition spelled ostracise.

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