ostreo-, ostra-, ostre-, ostrei-, ostri-; ostraco-, ostrac-, -ostraca, -ostracan
(Greek: oyster; creatures having or characterized by a type of hard shell)
"The banished person had to leave (or face death) but he was allowed to keep ownership of his property and he could return when his ostracism period was over."2. Etymology: a method of 10-year banishment in ancient Athens, by which the Greek citizens got together and wrote the names of men they considered to be dangerous to the state on potsherds or tiles, and a man whose name turned up often enough was sent away. From Greek ostrakismos, from ostrakizein, "to ostracize", from ostrakon, "tile, potsherd" and related to osteon, "bone" and ostreion, "oyster" or "oyster shell".
2. To avoid speaking to or associating with someone: After the critical remarks were made by the member of the committee, Janet was ostracized from the project by the group.
When a person is ostracized in the business or social world, he or she may be said to have received the "cold shoulder" and the former associates will have nothing to do with him or her.3. Etymology: from the Greek word ostrakon, "a tile" and these tiles were used in ancient Athens as ballots for voting. When it was feared that a Greek leader had become so powerful as to endanger the liberty of the state, he could by vote of the citizens be sent into banishment for a stated time.
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