Meaning of ostracism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒstrəsɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • 1Exclusion from a society or group.

    ‘the family suffered social ostracism’
    • ‘Young people with guns do not arouse the suspicions of the state police or incur social ostracism.’
    • ‘In Egypt, being black is a disadvantage which can lead to ostracism in many spheres of society.’
    • ‘She adds, "Many students do not speak out for fear of ostracism or retribution."’
    • ‘Kids act out in response to ridicule or ostracism.’
    • ‘Typically, schools rely on some form of exclusion or ostracism to control the behavior of students.’
    • ‘For almost a hundred years ostracism fulfilled its function of aborting serious civil unrest or even civil war.’
    • ‘The threat of ostracism makes silence a powerful weapon in the war over moral values.’
    • ‘Ostracism is an age-old social tactic which is employed for all kinds of reasons.’
    • ‘Punishment for breaching that limit can range from ostracism to court martial.’
    • ‘Those who resist face ostracism - or far worse.’
    • ‘For Mike, bodybuilding was a way of dealing with hurtful childhood taunts and ostracism.’
    • ‘She is the subject of ridicule, innuendo, and ostracism by her peers.’
    • ‘Soldiers and chaplains who tried to force religion on their comrades thus often faced ostracism.’
    • ‘But his voice softens as he describes how ostracism has become a way of life.’
    • ‘The traditions of boycotting and general ostracism were resurrected as weapons against the police.’
    • ‘At the same time, transgression of norms (getting pregnant) elicits punishment and ostracism from family, peers, partners, and the broader community.’
    • ‘The teen could suffer social ostracism, and the man might risk arrest.’
    • ‘Today such ostracism seems incomprehensible.’
    • ‘He is afraid of the social ostracism that may well occur if he tells his family.’
    exclusion, rejection, repudiation, shunning, spurning, the cold shoulder, cold-shouldering, boycotting, blackballing, blacklisting, snubbing, avoidance, barring, banishment, exile, expulsion
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  • 2(in ancient Greece) temporary banishment from a city by popular vote.

    ‘the ostracism of Thucydides’
    • ‘After the ostracism of Thucydides the oligarchic movement went underground and some of the political clubs became centres of revolutionary agitation.’