ostracise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ostracise avoid speaking to or dealing with "Ever since I spoke up, my colleagues ostracize me"
    • v ostracise expel from a community or group
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ostracise See ostracize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ostracise os′tra-sīz in ancient Greece, to banish by the vote of the people written on an earthenware tablet: to banish from society
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ostrakizeinostrakon, an earthenware tablet.

Usage

In literature:

You will be ostracised from here.
"The Vanished Messenger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Those living there must conform to the unwritten social law, or risk the ostracising penalties.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Weeks go by and her husband is ostracised.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
I have a curious conviction that to be socially ostracised would be just what she would prefer.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
For several days he was as nearly ostracised as it was possible to be, and those days were very unhappy ones for him.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Let us ostracise them entirely, cut them off from all invitations.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Liberty exiled, we have heard of before, but economic equality ostracised, is new.
"The Art of Lecturing" by Arthur M. (Arthur Morrow) Lewis
If they amounted to a certain number, the man was said to be "ostracised," and forced to leave the city.
"Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
They are sometimes persecuted, ostracised, and harmed in every conceivable way.
"Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt" by William James Edwards
The world would ostracise her.
"By Right of Conquest" by Arthur Hornblow
They had ostracised Blanco.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 4" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
Why should he drive her from his threshold, when he himself was despised, ostracised, and a social outcast?
"Regina or the Sins of the Fathers" by Hermann Sudermann
Once more she felt despised and rejected, ostracised from honourable society.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Some of my purposes, being detected by orthodox priests, earned for me their persecution and I was ostracised.
"The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer" by Eugène Sue
The player who interrupts the game to discuss the play should be ostracised from the card room.
"Bridge Axioms and Laws" by J. B. Elwell
He would be ostracised, undone, held up to merited obloquy.
"The Maid of Honour, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
He was ostracised by all but the most Bohemian coteries.
"The Trial of Oscar Wilde" by Anonymous
A man who tried to defend cheating would be ostracised.
"A Gamble with Life" by Silas K. Hocking
He had tumbled tigers, stuck pigs, iced white bears, and ostracised ostriches.
"Sporting Society, Vol. I (of 2)" by Various
Incredible as it may seem, Laura was almost ostracised.
"Pietro Ghisleri" by F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
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In poetry:

But Christ was ostracised by men,
He conquered every one;
Brave Luther faced the Papal den,
And he the victory won.
"Voice From The South" by Frank Barbour Coffin
It may be that in this cold world,
You will be ostracised
For noble truths which you have hurled
At those who right despise.
"Voice From The South" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Criminals, paupers, the ostracised
From all countries beyond the great sea,
Flock into the land our fathers prized,
And baptized "The Sweet Land of the Free."
"Liberty" by Jared Barhite

In news:

As a mental health worker I saw the consequences and challenges that resulted when parents, relatives and friends refused to accept the illness or worse ostracised the individual who was struggling.
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