petalism

noun
pet·​al·​ism | \ -lˌizəm \
plural -s

Definition of petalism

: an ancient Syracusan method of banishing for five years a citizen suspected of having dangerous influence or ambition — compare ostracism

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History and Etymology for petalism

Greek petalismos banishment by voting with olive leaves, from petalon leaf + -ismos -ism

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“Petalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petalism. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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