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ostracism (ejection)

Definition:

the act of excluding someone from society by general consent

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Related to:

ostracise | ostracize

Plural:

ostracisms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

a method of 10-year banishment in ancient Athens, by which the citizens gathered ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of ostracism...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Ostracism

a procedure under the Athenian democracy in which any citizen could be expelled from the city-state of Athens for ten years. While some instances clearly expressed popular anger at the citizen, ostracism was often used preemptively. It was used as a... (41 of 3608 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Ostracism

Collins Dictionary:

ostracism | ostracize | ostracise

[formal] the state of being excluded or banished from a particular group, society, etc | [Greek history] (in ancient Greece) punishment by temporary ... (22 of 404 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ostracism

Britannica Encyclopedia:

ostracism [ancient Greek politics]

political practice in ancient Athens whereby a prominent citizen who threatened the stability of the state could be banished without bringing any ... (22 of 251 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/434423​/ostracism

Columbia Encyclopedia:

ostracism

ancient Athenian method of banishing a public figure. It was introduced after the fall of the family of Pisistratus. Each year the assembly took a ... (25 of 165 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0837023​.html

Wiktionary:

ostracism | ostracisms [plural] | ostracization [synonym, sense-specific] | shunning [synonym, sense-specific]

[historical] In ancient Athens (and some other cities), the temporary banishment by popular vote of a citizen considered dangerous to the state. | [figurative] Banishment by some general consent. | Temporary exclusion from a community or society. (35 of 125 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ostracism

American Heritage Dictionary:

ostracism

The act of banishing or excluding. | Banishment or exclusion from a group; disgrace. | In Athens and other cities of ancient Greece, the temporary ... (23 of 51 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

ostracism

exclusion from a society or group | [ancient Greece] temporary banishment from a city by popular vote (16 of 48 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ostracism

Cambridge Dictionary:

ostracize | ostracise [British] | ostracism [noun, derived]

to avoid someone intentionally or to prevent them from taking part in the activities of a group (17 of 47 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ostracize

Merriam-Webster:

ostracism

a method of temporary banishment by popular vote without trial or special accusation practiced in ancient Greece | exclusion by general consent from ... (22 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ostracism

New World Dictionary:

ostracism

in ancient Greece, the temporary banishment of a citizen by popular vote | a rejection or exclusion by general consent, as from a group or from ... (25 of 38 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostracism

Random House Dictionary:

ostracism

exclusion, by general consent, from social acceptance, privileges, friendship, etc. | [ancient Greece] temporary banishment of a citizen, decided upon ... (19 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ostracism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

eject | ejected [past tense] | ejecting [present participle] | ejects [3rd-person singular present] | ejection [noun, uncountable, related]

[transitive, formal] to make someone leave a place, especially using physical force ; to force someone to leave a job or organization | [transitive] ... (23 of 110 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/eject

Encarta Dictionary:

riddance | good riddance (to somebody [derived] | something) [derived]

the removal or destruction of something unwanted | used to show that you are glad to be free of somebody or something (21 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702679​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

ostracism

First use: 1580s

Origin: a method of 10-year banishment in ancient Athens, by which the citizens gathered and wrote the names of men they deemed dangerous to the state on ... (27 of 108 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ostracism

Wiktionary:

ostracism

Origin: Ancient Greek ὀστρακισμός (otrakismos, "banishment by means of voting with pot shards"), from ὀστρακίζειν ("ostracize") + -ισμός ("-ism").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ostracism

Collins Dictionary:

ostracism | ostracize | ostracise

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Greek ostrakizein to select someone for banishment by voting on potsherds; see ostracon

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ostracism

American Heritage Dictionary:

ostracism

Origin: French ostracisme, from Greek ostrakismos, from ostrakizein, to ostracize; see "ostracize".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostracism

New World Dictionary:

ostracism

Origin: Greek ostrakismos from ostrakizein: see "ostracize"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostracism

Audio references

Cambridge Dictionary:

ostracize

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ostracism"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ostracism"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ostracize

the Free Dictionary:

ostracism

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "ostracism"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "ostracism" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ostracism

Google Dictionary:

ostracism | ostracisms [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ostracism"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ostracism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ostracism"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ostrac​01 word=ostracism

YourDictionary Audio:

ostracism

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ostracism" by speech synthesizer

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