ostracism

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noun os·tra·cism \ˈä-strə-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of ostracism

  1. 1 :  a method of temporary banishment by popular vote without trial or special accusation practiced in ancient Greece Ostracism of political opponents was a common practice in ancient Athens.

  2. 2 :  exclusion by general consent from common privileges or social acceptance For years she suffered ostracism from the scientific community. Ostracism is a common fate for tell-all writers. — R. S. Coburn

1588

First Known Use of ostracism

1588



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