Definition of ostracism in English:

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ostracism

Pronunciation: /ˈästrəˌsizəm/

noun

1Exclusion from a society or group: the family suffered social ostracism
More example sentences
  • Young people with guns do not arouse the suspicions of the state police or incur social ostracism.
  • In Egypt, being black is a disadvantage which can lead to ostracism in many spheres of society.
  • She adds, "Many students do not speak out for fear of ostracism or retribution."
2(In ancient Greece) temporary banishment from a city by popular vote.
Example sentences
  • After the ostracism of Thucydides the oligarchic movement went underground and some of the political clubs became centres of revolutionary agitation.

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Syllabification: os·tra·cism

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