from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion. See Synonyms at blackball.
- n. The act or an instance of boycotting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To abstain, either as an individual or group, from using, buying, or dealing with someone or some organization as an expression of protest.
- n. The act of boycotting
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The process, fact, or pressure of boycotting; a combining to withhold or prevent dealing or social intercourse with a tradesman, employer, etc.; social and business interdiction for the purpose of coercion.
- transitive v. To combine against (a landlord, tradesman, employer, or other person), to withhold social or business relations from him, and to deter others from holding such relations; to subject to a boycott.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To combine in refusing to work for, buy from, sell to, give assistance to, or have any kind of dealings with, and
- in preventing others from working for, buying from, selling to, assisting, or having any kind of dealings with (a person or company), on account of political or other differences, or of disagreements in business matters, as a means of inflicting punishment, or of coercing or intimidating.
- n. An organized attempt to coerce a person or party into compliance with some demand, by combining to abstain, and compel others to abstain, from having any business or social relations with him or it; an organized persecution of a person or company, as a means of coercion or intimidation, or of retaliation for some act, or refusal to act in a particular way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
- v. refuse to sponsor; refuse to do business with
Monroe said the unions are being careful not to use the term "boycott" because they don't want damage Obama's re-election prospects.
The term boycott only dates to 1880 in Ireland and Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott.
Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum or your thoughts on the Israeli government, this boycott is a misguided and dangerous effort that threatens the entire filmmaking community and, indeed, freedom of speech and artistic expression.
And I fail to see how the boycott is a “radical” ideology compared to the “defense” ideology of the IDF manifested in Gaza and in Lebanon 2006 (just a sample).
Likewise, US law and the new Israeli law have things in common: both include the word "boycott," both relate to Israel, and neither has anything to do with frogs.
Just like the Montgomery Bus boycott was about more than where blacks could sit on a bus, the Arizona boycott is about more than SB 1070.
The Arizona boycott is about the cruel and inhumane approach Arizona has taken and the cruel human impact that not only affects migrants, but brown-skinned communities in general.
Elmer, a boycott is a good idea, so long as the advertisers (boycottees) are aware of it.
It would appear that the boycott is the all purpose leftist solution to impose their will on others.
Richard Nieporent: It would appear that the boycott is the all purpose leftist solution to impose their will on others.