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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
Birbalsingh, a daughter to a Guyanese academic and a Jamaican nurse, recalls feeling ostracized as a non-white teenager, brought to the U.K. from Canada at the age of 15.
If your ally ends up annoying people, there is a chance you might get ostracized by association.
Related The rise of the National Front, Marine Le Pen's right-wing anti-immigrant party that won a third of votes in France's presidential runoff last year, aggravated many young black Voguers who already felt ostracized.
Empty seats have made the statement over the past two years for a fan base that has nevertheless proven itself hard to ostracize since 1999.
Even staff who asked questions were ostracized, fired, and/or threatened.
To mark the 20-year anniversary of Princess Diana's death last year, John and Harry discussed Diana's legacy as an AIDS advocate, at a time when patients were still ostracized, in the HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.
Equally as powerful, actress and director Lena Waithe hit the red carpet wearing a large rainbow cape around her shoulders to represent for the LGBTQI individuals who have notoriously been ostracized and demonized by the Catholic community.
Many of the patients had been ostracized from their families and lost their jobs—everything in their life was gone.
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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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