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English definition of “ostracize”

ostracize

verb [T] (UK usually ostracise)     /ˈɒs.trə.saɪz/ US  /ˈɑː.strə-/
to avoid someone intentionally or to prevent them from taking part in the activities of a group: His colleagues ostracized him after he criticized the company in public.Excluding ostracism     /-sɪ.zəm/ noun [U] AIDS patients often experience social ostracism and discrimination.Excluding
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