• WordNet 3.6
    • v boycott refuse to sponsor; refuse to do business with
    • n boycott a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Boycott The process, fact, or pressure of boycotting; a combining to withhold or prevent dealing or social intercourse with a tradesman, employer, etc.; social and business interdiction for the purpose of coercion.
    • v. t Boycott To combine against (a landlord, tradesman, employer, or other person), to withhold social or business relations from him, and to deter others from holding such relations; to subject to a boycott.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • boycott To combine in refusing to work for, buy from, sell to, give assistance to, or have any kind of dealings with, and
    • boycott in preventing others from working for, buying from, selling to, assisting, or having any kind of dealings with (a person or company), on account of political or other differences, or of disagreements in business matters, as a means of inflicting punishment, or of coercing or intimidating. The word was introduced in Ireland in 1880, and soon became (like the practice) common throughout the English-speaking world, and was adopted by the newspapers in nearly every European language.
    • n boycott An organized attempt to coerce a person or party into compliance with some demand, by combining to abstain, and compel others to abstain, from having any business or social relations with him or it; an organized persecution of a person or company, as a means of coercion or intimidation, or of retaliation for some act, or refusal to act in a particular way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Boycott boy′kot to shut out from all social and commercial intercourse—a kind of secular excommunication.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Captain Boycott, a land agent in Mayo, Ireland, so treated in 1880
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Captain Boycott of County Mayo, who was so treated by his neighbours in Dec. 1880.


In literature:

Suppose, I say suppose, it was in my power to boycott you.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
Also, there are rumors flying about that a boycott of French goods is shortly to be established.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
The Japanese officials laughed at the Student Boycott of Japanese goods when it first started.
"Flash-lights from the Seven Seas" by William L. Stidger
The American Railroad Union, under the leadership of Eugene V. Debs, established a sympathetic boycott against the Pullman cars.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Today, at the beginning of a new year, (1920) the boycott is much more complete and efficient than in the most tense days of last summer.
"China, Japan and the U.S.A." by John Dewey
This may vary from the "cold shoulder" to the complete "boycott.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
To boycott or not to boycott.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
A measure designed to impede the running of non-union mills is the boycott.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
If that don't work, strike, fight, boycott!
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Their names were placed on the bulletin board and a boycott advised.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith

In news:

CAIRO — A fractious coalition opposed to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi urged its followers Wednesday to vote "no" on a contentious Islamist-backed draft constitution rather than boycott the referendum altogether.
Ahmed Khairi, a spokesman for the liberal Free Egyptians party — a member of the National Salvation Front — said the party had been in favor of a boycott.
Ahmed Khairi, a spokesman for the liberal Free Egyptians party - a member of the National Salvation Front - said the party had been in favor of a boycott.
An Egyptian opposition alliance urged supporters on Wednesday to vote No in the referendum on a disputed constitution but said it may still boycott if its conditions aren't met.
The men were ejected after several breakdowns involving Gill's horses and a boycott by Penn National jockeys who said Gill used shady practices that endangered riders and animals.
To head off the boycott, Dillon notified Gill and Adamo on Feb 2, 2010, that they were being ejected from the track.
California Urges Fed Probe of Eminent Domain Boycott Threats.
Networks Encouraging Boycott Of "Leno.".
'Today Show' decision to air Kris Jenner over 9/11 has some calling for boycott, could further erode ratings.
Iran to boycott Oscars over YouTube video.
Bart Scott ends media boycott.
Jim Wilson's views on the boycott of Chick-fil-A.
Despite some calls for a boycott, Kraft Foods may have bitten off just what it meant to chew when it posted a gay-pride-themed picture of an Oreo cookie on Facebook.
One lawmaker calls for a boycott of California wine.
Some outraged French politicians are calling for a boycott of California wine in response to the state's new ban on foie gras .