Definition of ostracism in English:

ostracism

Line breaks: os¦tra|cism
Pronunciation: /ˈɒstrəsɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1Exclusion from a society or group: the family suffered social ostracism
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  • 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."
Synonyms
exclusion, rejection, repudiation, shunning, spurning, the cold shoulder, cold-shouldering, boycotting, blackballing, blacklisting, snubbing, avoidance, barring, banishment, exile, expulsion; North Americandisfellowship; Christianityexcommunication
2(In ancient Greece) temporary banishment from a city by popular vote: the ostracism of Thucydides
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  • 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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