boycotter

boy·cott (boi’kŏt′)
tr.v. boy·cott·ed, boy·cott·ing, boy·cotts To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, dealing with, or participating in as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion: »

boycott a business; boycott merchants; boycott buses; boycott an election.

n. The act or an instance of boycotting.
[After Charles C. Boycott (1832-1897), English land agent in Ireland.]
boy’cott′er n.
Word History: An Englishman and former British soldier, Charles C. Boycott was the estate agent of the Earl of Erne in County Mayo, Ireland. The earl was one of the absentee landowners who as a group held most of the land in Ireland. Boycott was chosen in the fall of 1880 to be the test case for a new policy advocated by Charles Parnell, an Irish politician who wanted land reform. Any landlord who would not charge lower rents or any tenant who took over the farm of an evicted tenant would be given the complete cold shoulder by Parnell's supporters. Boycott refused to charge lower rents and ejected his tenants. At this point members of Parnell's Irish Land League stepped in, and Boycott and his family found themselves isolated—without servants, farmhands, service in stores, or mail delivery. Boycott's name was quickly adopted as the term for this treatment, not just in English but in other languages such as French, Dutch, German, and Russian.

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  • boycotter — [ bɔjkɔte ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1800; de Boycott, propriétaire irland. mis en quarantaine ♦ Soumettre au boycottage; mettre à l index, en quarantaine. « Nos marchandises furent boycottées » (Claudel). ♢ Refuser de prendre part à (qqch.) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Boycotter — Boy cott er, n. A participant in boycotting. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Boycotter — Boycott Le boycott ou boycottage est le refus systématique de consommer les produits ou services d une entreprise ou d une nation. Il peut aussi s agir d un boycott d élections ou d évènements. Sommaire 1 Histoire 2 Intérêts et inconvénients …   Wikipédia en Français

  • boycotter — noun see boycott …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • boycotter — See boycott. * * * …   Universalium

  • boycotter — noun Someone who engages in a boycott …   Wiktionary

  • boycotter — n. participant in a boycott; person one who takes part in boycotting …   English contemporary dictionary

  • boycotter — boyˈcotter noun • • • Main Entry: ↑boycott …   Useful english dictionary

  • boycotteur — boycotter [ bɔjkɔte ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1800; de Boycott, propriétaire irland. mis en quarantaine ♦ Soumettre au boycottage; mettre à l index, en quarantaine. « Nos marchandises furent boycottées » (Claudel). ♢ Refuser de prendre part… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • boycott — boycotter, n. /boy kot/, v.t. 1. to combine in abstaining from, or preventing dealings with, as a means of intimidation or coercion: to boycott a store. 2. to abstain from buying or using: to boycott foreign products. n. 3. the practice of… …   Universalium

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