Word of the Day: boycott

boycott (BOI-kot)

verb tr.: to protest by refusing to buy a product or deal with a person, organization, nation etc.
noun: the practice or an instance of this

Etymology
After Charles C. Boycott (1832-1897), an English land agent in Ireland, who was ostracized for refusing to lower rents during a time of poor harvest. Earliest documented use: 1880

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Despite pressure to boycott state elections, voters in the disputed region of Kashmir are flocking to the polls.”
A Shift in the Mountains; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 10, 2014.

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