Meaning of ostracism

os•tra•cism

Pronunciation: (os'tru-siz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. exclusion, by general consent, from social acceptance, privileges, friendship, etc.
  2. (in ancient Greece) temporary banishment of a citizen, decided upon by popular vote.
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