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ostracism Tweet Definition of ostracism Like Definition of ostracism on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of banishing or exclude, excluding someone
  2. Banishment, exclusion or disgrace
  3. In ancient Greece, the temporary banishment by popular vote of a citizen considered dangerous to the state
ostracize Tweet Definition of ostracize Like Definition of ostracize on Facebook
verbto ostracize
  1. To exclude someone from society or from a community, by not communicating with or even noticing them, similar to shunning.
    • Suburbanites infamously ostracize those outside of their social and neighborhood circles. They ostracize the divorced and the poor, and they are often mean-spirited gossips. They are infamous for slutting up teenage daughters with immodest clothing and the acceptance of trashy role models, and they are infamous for cheerleader training, which includes the lessons of social ostracism. Many suburbanites belong to community-based country clubs, which, via consensus, define further ostracism rules.
ovation Tweet Definition of ovation Like Definition of ovation on Facebook
noun
  1. prolonged enthusiastic applause
  2. (Ancient Rome) a victory ceremony of less importance than a triumph

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