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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Os·tra·cize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ostracized p. pr. & vb. n. Ostracizing ]
 1. Gr. Antiq. To exile by ostracism; to banish by a popular vote, as at Athens.
 2. To banish from society, by a general consent; to exclude from social, political, or private favor; to exclude from conversation or friendship; to shun; as, he was ostracized by his former friends.  A person may be ostracized by a formal vote or by a widespread but informal agreement.