What does the word ostracism mean?

Usage examples for ostracism

  1. Not even the shrinking self- distrust which he had been taught by repeated snubbings and protracted ostracism could prevent him from making himself known to this stranger. – Hyacinth 1906 by George A. Birmingham
  2. I cannot afford to have them suffer the humiliating consequences of the social ostracism to which they may be subjected if I remain in the Republican party. – The Facts of Reconstruction by John R. Lynch
  3. " Social ostracism," he said, " would be very horrid if you stopped caring for each other." – We Three by Gouverneur Morris