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
Recent Examples on the Web Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of Colombo this weekend to demand President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ouster over disastrous economic policies that have driven the country to collapse. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 Chairman and popular activist investor Ryan Cohen was reportedly responsible for Recupero's ouster. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2022 With the imminent ouster of the president, many Sri Lankans are hopeful that things may turn around. Hafeel Farisz, BostonGlobe.com, 11 July 2022 Dana Walden, newly promoted to Disney’s top TV post, addressed the shocking management shakeup that saw her elevation and the ouster of her longtime boss, Peter Rice. William Earl, Variety, 13 June 2022 The all-out economic warfare launched on Russia was meant to devastate the Russian economy, collapse the rouble and possibly lead to regime change with the ouster of President Vladimir Putin. Tilak Doshi, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Republicans running for governor have pounced on the recent shootings in Milwaukee's entertainment district and issued calls for more cops, tougher sentences and the ouster of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 May 2022 The latest upheaval came last week with the ouster of the team’s interim team president. New York Times, 13 May 2022 When protesters flooded the streets in 2019, demanding the ouster of political leaders, Geagea announced the resignation of his party’s four ministers from government. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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“Ouster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ouster. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for ouster


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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