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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [os-truh-siz-uh m]
    • /ˈɒs trəˌsɪz əm/
    • /ˈɒs.trə.saɪz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [os-truh-siz-uh m]
    • /ˈɒs trəˌsɪz əm/

Definitions of ostracism word

  • noun ostracism exclusion, by general consent, from social acceptance, privileges, friendship, etc. 1
  • noun ostracism (in ancient Greece) temporary banishment of a citizen, decided upon by popular vote. 1
  • noun ostracism Exclusion from a society or group. 1
  • noun ostracism social exclusion 1
  • uncountable noun ostracism Ostracism is the state of being ostracized or the act of ostracizing someone. 0
  • noun ostracism in ancient Greece, the temporary banishment of a citizen by popular vote 0

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Origin of ostracism

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
1570-80; < New Latin ostracismus < Greek ostrakismós banishment, equivalent to ostrak(ízein) to ostracize + -ismos -ism

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Parts of speech for Ostracism


ostracism popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for ostracism

noun ostracism

  • shunning — to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid.
  • snubbing — to treat with disdain or contempt, especially by ignoring.
  • exclusion — The process or state of excluding or being excluded.
  • barring — You use barring to indicate that the person, thing, or event that you are mentioning is an exception to your statement.
  • banishment — Banishment is the act of banishing someone or the state of being banished.

Antonyms for ostracism

noun ostracism

  • inclusion — the act of including.
  • acceptance — Acceptance of an offer or a proposal is the act of saying yes to it or agreeing to it.
  • allowance — An allowance is money that is given to someone, usually on a regular basis, in order to help them pay for the things that they need.

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