ostracism

os"tra*cism

(?), n. [Gr. 'ostrakismo`s, fr. 'ostraki`zein to ostracize. See Ostracize.] 1. (Gr. Antiq.) Banishment by popular vote, -- a means adopted at Athens to rid the city of a person whose talent and influence gave umbrage.
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2. Banishment; exclusion; as, social ostracism.
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Public envy is as an ostracism, that eclipseth men when they grow too great.
Bacon.
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Sentenced to a perpetual ostracism from the . . . confidence, and honors, and emoluments of his country.
A. Hamilton.
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