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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [os-truh-sahyz]
    • /ˈɒs trəˌsaɪz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [os-truh-sahyz]
    • /ˈɒs trəˌsaɪz/

Definitions of ostracization word

  • verb with object ostracization to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.: His friends ostracized him after his father's arrest. 1
  • verb with object ostracization to banish (a person) from his or her native country; expatriate. 1
  • verb with object ostracization (in ancient Greece) to banish (a citizen) temporarily by popular vote. 1
  • noun ostracization A state of being ostracized. 1

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Origin of ostracization

First appearance:

before 1640
One of the 44% oldest English words
1640-50; < Greek ostrakízein, equivalent to óstrak(on) potsherd, tile, ballot (akin to óstreion oyster, shell) + -izein -ize

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Parts of speech for Ostracization


ostracization popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 51% of English native speakers know the meaning and use 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 ostracization

noun ostracization

  • ignoring — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  • ostracism — exclusion, by general consent, from social acceptance, privileges, friendship, etc.

Antonyms for ostracization

noun ostracization

  • lifesaver — a person who rescues another from danger of death, especially from drowning.
  • pardon — kind indulgence, as in forgiveness of an offense or discourtesy or in tolerance of a distraction or inconvenience: I beg your pardon, but which way is Spruce Street?
  • lifeboat — a double-ended ship's boat, constructed, mounted, and provisioned so as to be readily able to rescue and maintain persons from a sinking vessel.

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