the withdrawal of support, or the refusal to buy or use something, as a form of protest or activism; (also a verb)
- There was a week-long boycott of classes at the university following the closure of the local library.
- The elderly residents boycotted the transit system to protest the proposed fare increase.
Origin: Charles C. Boycott (1832-1897) was a land agent who refused to reduce the cost of rent in Ireland in the late 1800s. Farmers who were his tenants held a campaign against Boycott. They refused to provide labour for him or sell to him. He eventually had to move away.
Which of the following is an example of a boycott?
Contributor: Tara Benwell