oust·​er | \ ˈau̇-stər How to pronounce ouster (audio) \

Definition of ouster

1a : a wrongful dispossession
b : a judgment removing an officer or depriving a corporation of a franchise
2 : expulsion

Examples of ouster in a Sentence

The news reported the ouster of the dictator. the dictator's ouster by the rebels

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Kelly’s own ouster has been widely speculated for weeks. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump plans to replace McMaster, maybe others," 16 Mar. 2018 In a historic decision, the Missouri House formally launched an investigation Monday that could lead to the impeachment and ouster of Gov. Eric Greitens. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Here are the races to watch for next week’s primaries in Texas," 27 Feb. 2018 Activists, however, said Saturday that 16 people, including a soldier, have been killed in the two days since al-Bashir’s ouster. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Sudanese army holds 1st meeting with protesters since coup," 13 Apr. 2019 Only 44% of voters turned out — the lowest in the four elections held since Saddam’s ouster in 2003. Philip Issa, USA TODAY, "Early results in Iraq election favor populist cleric al-Sadr," 14 May 2018 Officials said turnout was only 44 percent, the lowest since Saddam's ouster. NBC News, "Muqtada al-Sadr's coalition takes early lead in Iraqi elections," 14 May 2018 Tunisia has had seven governments since the ouster of Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali. Souhail Karam, Bloomberg.com, "Tunisia Set to Return to Pre-Revolution Growth in 2020, PM Says," 30 Jan. 2018 Women are at the forefront of protests in Sudan by citizens calling for the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power for 30 years, a fact captured by one powerful photograph that went viral after it was shared yesterday on Twitter. Bridget Read, Vogue, "The Women of the Sudan Uprising Are Demanding to Be Heard," 9 Apr. 2019 Mental health issues and apparent drug use Truaxe, who the Financial Post reports was born as Ali Roshan, gave the paper his first interview since the ouster. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "What the latest report on skin care company Deciem reveals about its troubled founder," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of ouster

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ouster

Anglo-French, from oster, ouster to oust

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English Language Learners Definition of ouster

US : the act of removing someone or something from a position of power or authority


oust·​er | \ ˈau̇-stər How to pronounce ouster (audio) \

Kids Definition of ouster

: the act or an instance of forcing out or of being forced out


oust·​er | \ ˈau̇s-tər How to pronounce ouster (audio) \

Legal Definition of ouster

1 : wrongful dispossession especially of a cotenant
2 : a judgment removing a public officer or depriving a corporation of a public franchise

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