Meaning of OSTRACIZE in English

— 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.

2. to banish (a person) from his or her native country; expatriate.

3. (in ancient Greece) to banish (a citizen) temporarily by popular vote.

Also, esp. Brit., ostracise .

[ 1640-50; ostrakízein, equiv. to óstrak ( on ) potsherd, tile, ballot (akin to óstreion OYSTER, shell) + -izein -IZE ]

Syn. 1. shun, snub, blacklist.

Ant. 1. accept.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .