• WordNet 3.6
    • v ostracize avoid speaking to or dealing with "Ever since I spoke up, my colleagues ostracize me"
    • v ostracize expel from a community or group
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ostracize To banish from society, by a general consent; to exclude from social, political, or private favor; to exclude from conversation or friendship; to shun; as, he was ostracized by his former friends. A person may be ostracized by a formal vote or by a widespread but informal agreement.
    • Ostracize (Gr. Antiq) To exile by ostracism; to banish by a popular vote, as at Athens.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ostracize To exile by ostracism; banish by popular vote, as persons dreaded for their influence or power were banished by the ancient Athenians. See ostracism, 1.
    • ostracize Hence To banish from society; put under the ban; exclude from public or private favor.
    • ostracize Also spelled ostracise.
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  • Derek Jarman
    Derek Jarman
    “I'm not afraid of death but I am afraid of dying. Pain can be alleviated by morphine but the pain of social ostracism cannot be taken away.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'ostraki`zein, fr. 'o`strakon a tile, a tablet used in voting, a shell; cf. 'o`streon oyster, 'oste`on bone. Cf. Osseous Oyster


In literature:

This is ostracism, and ostracism, so to speak, is a physiological organ of democracy.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
Thus the house of Regner Long Neck, after two centuries of ostracism, came into its own once more.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
Under the wing of Cholmondeley he was saved from absolute ostracism.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
It was called a voluntary ostracism.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Ostracism in Athens, i.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Not one of them dares, under penalty of complete ostracism, to harbour or favour him.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Upon the small number of rebels who turn a deaf ear to epithets, ostracism is brought to bear.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Many had to choose between exile, or contempt that was ostracism at home.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
She was suffering ostracism.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
What formerly would have caused ostracism is now regarded as proper and commendable.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various

In news:

'No Easy Day' author may have felt 'ostracized' by fellow SEALs, leading him to write unauthorized book about Bin Laden kill.
An Arts and Leisure letter writer told of attending a "politically correct dinner party" at which she was ostracized because she found Mapplethorpe's photographs artistically flawed.
People and gifts ostracized, forgotten, oppressed and ripped off.
Über -nerd Haverchuck is having an awful day: He's ostracized and alienated — and now his single mom is dating the bullying gym teacher he hates.
When his peers labeled him a rat and a snitch and ostracized him within his profession for nearly 15 years because he turned in Illinois, Pearl held fast to his strongest defense -- that he did the right thing.
Communal ostracism of menstruating girls is also fairly common.
Detroit Lions teammates won't ostracize players who misbehaved off the field, says Jahvid Best.
Will the GOP embrace immigration reform or continue to ostracize key voters.
You can tell a lot about a culture by the sort of person it ostracizes.
Scientologists who cross their religion can be declared suppressive persons, shunned by peers and ostracized by family.
If publicists can be trusted, then at least one kid was politely ostracized from Camp Winnarainbow in the organization's 35-year history.
While a talented and creative child and teen, she felt ostracized because of her weight but didn't let that stop her from achieving her dreams.
Afghan's Shiite minority fears a return to old ostracism.
White parents, on the other hand, may be ostracized by family and friends for spanking.
Mo, Mr D and Oogleberry ostracize Tiny Tina Ten Toes for her over the top love of dance, and she vows she will never dance again.

In science:

Since 2004, when the polynomial time AKS algorithm was presented (see ), primality algorithms of general nature were ostracized.
A primality test for $Kp^n+1$ numbers