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Meaning of OSTRACIZE

Pronunciation:  '√Ęstru`sIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  avoid speaking to or dealing with; "Ever since I spoke up, my colleagues ostracize me"
  2. [v]  expel from a community or group

OSTRACIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: ban, banish, blackball, cast out, ostracise, shun
 See Also: avoid, boycott, exclude, expel, keep out, kick out, shut, shut out, throw out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Os"tra*cize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ostracized}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Ostracizing}.] [Gr. ?, fr. ? a tile, a tablet
used in voting, a shell; cf. ? oyster, ? bone. Cf. {Osseous},
1. (Gr. Antiq.) To exile by ostracism; to banish by a popular
   vote, as at Athens. --Grote.

2. To banish from society; to put under the ban; to cast out
   from social, political, or private favor; as, he was
   ostracized by his former friends. --Marvell.

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