Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A policy of burying one's head in the sand, i.e. ignoring the reality of a situation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Conduct like that of the ostrich: alluding to its habit of considering itself wholly concealed when only its head is hidden.

Etymologies

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ostrich +‎ -ism. The ostrich is often erroneously believed to bury its head in the sand to hide from predators.

Examples

  • a "g" instead of a "ch" in "ostrichism" - the 522nd word offered this week by bee pronouncer

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • The semifinals of the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee kicked off at 10 a.m. Friday with the word "ostrichism."

    Pool of National Spelling Bee competitors whittled down to 48

  • Cease talking about "patterns" altogether, in order that such Republicans continue their pattern of ostrichism.

    Balkinization

  • Gentlemen and friends, Jotham Gale is repentant, he feels his ostrichism '-- whatever he meant by that --' he desires to become self-respecting, and he asks us to help him.

    The Depot Master

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