ouster

noun
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

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 Senator Schumer also called for the department’s inspector general and Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate Mr. Berman's ouster. Michael Balsamo And Larry Neumeister, The Christian Science Monitor, "Top Manhattan prosecutor leaves job after standoff with Barr," 20 June 2020 Then-Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly lost his job over his handling of Crozier’s ouster. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Navy won’t reinstate Capt. Crozier to helm coronavirus-stricken Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier," 19 June 2020 The protests over the Cotton op-ed also prompted the ouster of James Bennet, the New York Times's opinion page editor. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Mitch McConnell: New York Times 'folded' to 'angry mob' over Tom Cotton op-ed," 10 June 2020 The former State Department internal watchdog fired by President Trump told lawmakers that a senior department official discouraged him from probing U.S. arms sales to a pair of Gulf states before his ouster last month. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Ousted State Department Watchdog Says Official Pressed Him Over Probe of Saudi Arms Sales," 10 June 2020 The allegations were a serious affront to Volkswagen’s power players, who have orchestrated the ouster of numerous top executives over the years. Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg.com, "VW Board Backs CEO to Ease Tensions After Spat Rocks Carmaker," 8 June 2020 At a six-hour-long emergency city council meeting to review police protocols Thursday night, hundreds of Austinites berated city leaders and called for the police chief's ouster. Peter Holley, Houston Chronicle, "In liberal Austin, protests unleash violence - and then an identity crisis," 6 June 2020 At a six-hour-long emergency to review police protocols Thursday night, hundreds of Austinites berated city leaders and called for the police chief’s ouster. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "In liberal Austin, protests unleash violence — then an identity crisis," 6 June 2020 Democrats in Congress are investigating Linick's ouster. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley puts hold on Trump nominees in clash over firing of two watchdogs," 4 June 2020

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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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The first known use of ouster was in 1531

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25 Jun 2020

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“Ouster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ouster. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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ouster

noun
How to pronounce ouster (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ouster

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

ouster

noun
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

ouster

noun
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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