ostracize

  • 1 Ostracize — Os tra*cize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ostracized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ostracizing}.] [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}.] 1. (Gr. Antiq.) To exile by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ostracize — index bar (exclude), condemn (ban), defame, denounce (condemn), eliminate (exclude) …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 ostracize — (v.) 1640s, from Gk. ostrakizein (see OSTRACISM (Cf. ostracism)). Related: Ostracization; ostracized; ostracizing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 ostracize — (Amer.) os·tra·cize || É‘strÉ™saɪz /É’s v. exclude; banish; avoid dealing with; (in ancient Greece) impermanently banish a citizen by popular vote (also ostracise) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 5 ostracize — *banish, exile, expatriate, deport, transport, extradite …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 ostracize — [v] exile, banish avoid, blackball*, blacklist*, boycott, cast out, cold shoulder*, cut, deport, displace, drop, exclude, excommunicate, expatriate, expel, expulse, leave in the cold, oust, reject, shun, shut out, snub, throw out; concepts 25,384 …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 ostracize — (also ostracise) ► VERB ▪ exclude from a society or group. DERIVATIVES ostracism noun. ORIGIN Greek ostrakizein, from ostrakon shell or potsherd (on which names were written in voting to banish unpopular citizens) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 ostracize — [äs′trə sīz΄] vt. ostracized, ostracizing [Gr ostrakizein, to exile by votes written on tiles or potsherds < ostrakon, a shell, potsherd, akin to osteon, bone: see OSSIFY] to banish, bar, exclude, etc. by ostracism SYN. BANISH …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 ostracize — os|tra|cize also ostracise BrE [ˈɔstrəsaız US ˈa: ] v [T] [Date: 1800 1900; : Greek; Origin: ostrakizein to send away by voting with broken pieces of pot , from ostrakon broken piece of pot ] if a group of people ostracize someone, they refuse to …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 ostracize — UK [ˈɒstrəsaɪz] / US [ˈɑstrəˌsaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms ostracize : present tense I/you/we/they ostracize he/she/it ostracizes present participle ostracizing past tense ostracized past participle ostracized to stop accepting someone as a… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 ostracize — verb To exclude (a person) from society or from a community, by not communicating with them or by refusing to acknowledge their presence; to refuse to talk to or associate with; to shun. Lesbian studies scholar Ramona Oswald has extended this… …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 ostracize — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. exclude, banish, bar, blackball; outcast. See exclusion. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. exclude, banish, cast out, shun, blackball, boycott, blacklist, excommunicate, exile, expel, isolate, segregate,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 ostracize — also cise BrE verb (T) if a group of people ostracize someone, they stop accepting them as a member of the group: Reg was ostracized by the whole squadron, who cursed his actions. ostracism noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 ostracize — transitive verb ( cized; cizing) Etymology: Greek ostrakizein to banish by voting with potsherds, from ostrakon shell, potsherd more at oyster Date: 1649 1. to exile by ostracism 2. to exclude from a group by common consent …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 ostracize — ostracizable, adj. ostracization, n. ostracizer, n. /os treuh suyz /, v.t., ostracized, ostracizing. 1. to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.: His friends ostracized him after his father s arrest …

    Universalium

  • 16 ostracize — Synonyms and related words: avoid, ban, banish, bar, bar out, blackball, blacklist, blockade, boycott, cast out, categorically reject, cold shoulder, count out, cut, cut off, debar, deport, disallow, disapprove, disapprove of, disfavor,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 ostracize —    The verb used for the banning or shunning of someone derives from the Greek verb ostrakizein. This was used for the act of selecting someone for banishment by voting with potsherds or tiles that bore the name of the person proposed for this… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 ostracize — os|tra|cize [ astrə,saız ] verb transitive FORMAL to stop accepting someone as a member of a group and refuse to talk or listen to them …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 ostracize — [[t]ɒ̱strəsaɪz[/t]] ostracizes, ostracizing, ostracized VERB: usu passive If someone is ostracized, people deliberately behave in an unfriendly way towards them and do not allow them to take part in any of their social activities. [FORMAL] [be V… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 ostracize — or ostracise ɒstrəsʌɪz verb 1》 exclude from a society or group. 2》 (in ancient Greece) banish (a citizen) from a city for five or ten years by popular vote. Derivatives ostracism noun Origin C17: from Gk ostrakizein, from ostrakon shell or… …

    English new terms dictionary