Definition of ostracism :
1. Banishment by popular vote, - a means adopted at Athens to rid the city of a person whose talent and influence gave umbrage.
2. Banishment; exclusion; as, social ostracism.
exclusion (part of speech: noun)
denial, repudiation, abscission, banishment, relegation, eradication, excommunication, disallowance, prohibition, ejection, proscription, boycott, excision, deportation, amputation, exile, exclusion, extradition, forbiddance, rejection, expatriation, disbarment, removal, ban, elimination, renouncement
seclusion (part of speech: noun)
confinement, loneliness, aloneness, segregation, separation, misanthropy, captivity, isolation, standoffishness, aloofness, detachment, reclusion, solitude, apartheid, seclusion, xenophobia, anonymity, alienation, extirpation
- Outwardly he must conform to the ways of his neighbors, just as he must pay tribute to the policeman on the beat; for standing room is necessary to all operations, and social ostracism could ruin him as easily as police persecution. - "The Promised Land", Mary Antin.
- And when, at this time, there was no doubt but that the ostracism would fall upon one of those three, Alcibiades contrived to form a coalition of parties, and, communicating his project to Nicias, turned the sentence upon Hyperbolus himself. - "Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans", Clough, Arthur Hugh.
- The people, enraged at this, and thinking that they had been treated with contempt, abolished the practice of ostracism. - "Plutarch's Lives, Volume II", Aubrey Stewart & George Long.