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Examples of ostracize in a Sentence
She was ostracized from the scientific community for many years because of her radical political beliefs.
The other girls ostracized her because of the way she dressed.
Recent Examples of ostracize from the Web
So the world could ostracize those who don’t want to see EQUALITY.
Gibson was ostracized by Hollywood for the better part of a decade after making scathing anti-semitic statements during a second DUI arrest in summer 2006.
But the abstention reflected the Obama White House’s view that decades of American efforts to ostracize Cuba had not worked.
What’s more, weaponizing your identity as a way to defend yourself from past sins endangers an entire community that has fought against being ostracized through harmful stereotypes.
However, people are often ostracized at work for foolish reasons–their coworkers are bored and decide to fill their time by picking on someone for no reason at all.
And while he was largely ostracized by the sports world, Carlos did try for an NFL career and played a stint with the Canadian Football League.
For the most part, however, until the last four games of Arkansas football, this mass ostracized and castigated the other. Negativity would not be tolerated.
Everybody at the party ostracized me except Jasper Conran.
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ostracize Has Greek Roots
In ancient Greece, prominent citizens whose power or influence threatened the stability of the state could be exiled by a practice called ostracism. Voters would elect to banish another citizen by writing that citizen's name down on a potsherd. Those receiving enough votes would then be subject to temporary exile from the state (usually for ten years). The English verb ostracize can mean "to exile by the ancient method of ostracism," but these days it usually refers to the general exclusion of one person from a group at the agreement of its members. Ostracism and ostracize derive from the Greek ostrakizein ("to banish by voting with potsherds"). Its ancestor, the Greek ostrakon ("shell" or "potsherd"), also helped to give English the word oyster.
OSTRACIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ostracize for English Language Learners
: to not allow (someone) to be included in a group : to exclude (someone) from a group
OSTRACIZE Defined for Kids
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