Definition of ostracism
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 : 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
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There’s one major area where their ostracism campaign is falling short: energy.
Despite its international ostracism, North Korea continues to drum up trade deals throughout the world.
Critics said these scientifically unsound programs take advantage of people who are wrestling with their sexual identities and usually face the ostracism of family, friends, colleagues or the community at large.
Many albinos face threats from organ and limb harvesters, and wider ostracism is also a problem.
The wearers, mostly women, complain of bruises and public ostracism.
The Soviet Union suffered an international ostracism that took years to repair.
Instead of gaining the support of co-workers when punishment is threatened, the likeliest outcome is ostracism, because everyone else fears for their job.
Religion in schools builds walls between children and leads to ostracism of minorities — as experienced by our plaintiff Elizabeth Deal, who had to remove her child from the school.
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