oust·er | \ˈau̇-stər \

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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The ousters left Keith Le Goy in charge of Sony’s home entertainment and television distribution businesses. Ryan Faughnder, latimes.com, "Sony Pictures merges TV divisions in major step to secure its digital future," 20 June 2018 General Motors' luxury brand's new boss will keep Cadillac's headquarters in New York despite the ouster of the executive who led the move from Detroit. Jamie Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Cadillac shuns Detroit, will keep its headquarters in New York," 7 June 2018 Brown-Russell is the third person to hold down the utility's top post since the ouster of former executive director Cedric Grant. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Sewerage & Water Board poised to seek risky audit extension," 5 June 2018 The end of Rajoy's more than six-year reign as Spanish prime minister was the first ouster of a serving leader by parliament in four decades of democracy and brought a rare success for a center-left party in Europe in recent times. Aritz Parra And Barry Hatton, chicagotribune.com, "Spain's prime minister is out; Socialist PM is in," 1 June 2018 What began with gradual changes four years ago escalated this week with the ouster of the institute’s executive director as part of a restructuring. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Penn's changes to Fels Institute worry alumni," 23 May 2018 The Rafah crossing is Gaza's main gate to the outside world but has only had sporadic openings since the 2013 ouster of Egypt's elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a high-ranking member of Hamas' parent group, The Muslim Brotherhood. The Christian Science Monitor, "In humanitarian gesture, Egypt keeps Rafah crossing open through Ramadan," 18 May 2018 Fox News has weathered the ouster of its number one draw, Bill O'Reilly, and the departure of Megyn Kelly along with some advertising boycotts. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Fox News names Suzanne Scott as chief executive," 17 May 2018 Those upgrades would require the ouster of businesses and apartment residents while the work is underway, likely closing businesses and forcing residents to find a new place to live. Elliot Njus, OregonLive.com, "Easing earthquake mandate for old brick buildings might just delay inevitable, experts say," 9 May 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

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


oust·er | \ˈau̇-stər \

Kids Definition of ouster

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


oust·er | \ˈau̇s-tər \

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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