- The act of banishing or excluding someone
- Banishment, exclusion or disgrace
- In ancient Greece, the temporary banishment by popular vote of a citizen considered dangerous to the state
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Os"tra*cism (?), n. [Gr. &?;, fr. &?;
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
2. Banishment; exclusion; as, social
Public envy is as an ostracism, that eclipseth
men when they grow too great. Bacon.
Sentenced to a perpetual ostracism from the . .
. confidence, and honors, and emoluments of his country.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Ostracism, banishment (lit. by shell) for a term of years by popular
vote from Athens of any individual whose political influence seemed to
threaten the liberty of the citizens; the vote was given by each citizen
writing the name of the individual on a shell and depositing it in some
place appointed, and it was only when supported by 6000 citizens that it
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