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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Greek
Origin: ostrakizein 'to send away by voting with broken pieces of pot', from ostrakon 'broken piece of pot'

ostracize

verb
     
os‧tra‧cize also ostracise British English [transitive]
if a group of people ostracize someone, they refuse to accept them as a member of the group:
She was afraid that if she spoke up her colleagues would ostracize her.
He was ostracized by the other students.
ostracism noun [uncountable]
He suffered years of ostracism.

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