Meaning of OSTRACIZE in English

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.


ostracism noun


C17: from Gk ostrakizein , from ostrakon 'shell or potsherd' (on which names were written in voting to banish unpopular citizens).

Concise Oxford English vocab.      Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка.