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ostracize (OS-truh-syz) verb tr.
To exclude or shun from a group.
[From Greek ostrakizein, from ostrakon (shell or potsherd), from the fact that in ancient Greece these were used as ballots in voting to banish someone. Ultimately from Indo-European root ost- (bone) that gave birth to such words as oyster, osteopathy, ossify, and Sanskrit asthi (bone).]
"He (Lloyd Anderson) did endure gender prejudices during his career,
including being ostracized by older female nurses who felt men did
not belong in their profession."
"Some responses said: 'A child given such a name would likely be
bullied or ostracized,' or 'It would cause social problems.'"
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