[ US /ˈɔstɹəˌsɪzəm/ ]
[ UK /ˈɒstɹɐsˌɪzəm/ ]
  1. 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
  2. the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
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How To Use ostracism In A Sentence

  • The traditions of boycotting and general ostracism were resurrected as weapons against the police.
  • Typically, schools rely on some form of exclusion or ostracism to control the behavior of students.
  • Many experience ostracism from their own families during formative years, with deep emotional scars resulting.
  • If the vote was affirmative, an ostracism was held two months later.
  • There is yet some good in public envy, whereas in private, there is none. For public envy, is as an ostracism, that eclipseth men, when they grow too great. And therefore it is a bridle also to great ones, to keep them within bounds.
  • Which might of course explain the ostracism incurred by the recycling-refusenik. The Waste of Recycling, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
  • Punishment for breaching that limit can range from ostracism to court martial.
  • Such scofflaws and moochers faced boycott and ostracism.
  • Today such ostracism seems incomprehensible.
  • It rakes a great variety of forms, from ostracism to demands with menaces for money or other benefits.
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