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Meaning of OSTRACISM

Pronunciation:  '√Ęstru`sizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
  2. [n]  the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent); "the association should get rid of its elderly members--not by euthanasia, of course, but by Coventry"

OSTRACISM is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: banishment, Coventry
 See Also: ejection, exclusion, exclusion, expulsion, riddance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Os"tra*cism\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to ostracize. See
1. (Gr. Antiq.) Banishment by popular vote, -- a means
   adopted at Athens to rid the city of a person whose talent
   and influence gave umbrage.

2. Banishment; exclusion; as, social ostracism.

         Public envy is as an ostracism, that eclipseth men
         when they grow too great.             --Bacon.

         Sentenced to a perpetual ostracism from the . . .
         confidence, and honors, and emoluments of his
         country.                              --A. Hamilton.

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