Definition of ostracize
1 : to exile by ostracism Despite his victories, Themistocles was ostracized by the Athenians.
2 : to exclude from a group by common consent a lonely dissenter, ostracized as an enemy of the people — Robert Brustein
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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
Following Bernie Madoff's arrest for what many consider to be the largest Ponzi scheme in history, his wife Ruth fell into relative exile, ostracized by her former social circle, which included many who were duped by her husband's prolific fraud.
Stroud researched mostly fraternity men, but the impact of having to hide or be ostracized mentality resonates across the NPHC community.
Awareness of these signs, both literal and invisible, create barriers that shouldn't exist in social spaces — but do and are often ostracizing to those who don't subscribe to a one-size-fits-most lifestyle or environment.
To some extent, Saudi Arabia’s move to ostracize Qatar can be blamed on [President] Trump’s anti-Iran (and, by implication, anti-Shi’ite) rhetoric during his visit to Riyadh last month.— The Christian Science Monitor, "Terror response must go beyond policing social media, US Paris accord withdrawal can benefit climate change movement, only Qatar's action can mend relations, what’s the ‘real reason’ Arab countries cut Qatar ties?, how Trump may have influenced Saudi move", 17 June 2017 ,
Then Qatar was ostracized, so the project was expedited.
But for years Sunni Muslims living in Shiite Iran have been ostracized, officially and unofficially.
But unlike Chris Rock, who dodged bags of urine at school in Brooklyn, Maher mostly feared being ostracized.
Ostracized by her family and discriminated against by potential employers, Vika lives an isolated life in total poverty.
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Did You Know?
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
Definition of ostracize for Students
: to shut out of a group After I cheated, I was ostracized by the other players.
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