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os·tra·cize

ostracize

 
 
pronunciation:
a str saIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ostracizes, ostracizing, ostracized
definition 1: to exclude or shun, by general agreement of the group imposing the exclusion.
The non-conforming teenager was ostracized by many of her fellow students.During the war, the community ostracized him for being a pacifist.
synonyms:
blackball, exclude, shun
antonyms:
welcome
similar words:
bar, blacklist, debar, disown, isolate, rebuff, reject, repudiate
definition 2: to banish (someone) from his or her native land.
Some dissident writers were ostracized by the government.
synonyms:
banish, exile, expatriate
similar words:
blackball, disenfranchise, eject, expel, oust, transport, uproot
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derivation: ostracizer (n.)