noun pet·al·ism \-lˌizəm\

Definition of petalism



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

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Origin and Etymology of petalism

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

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