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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History indicates that bouts of hyperinflation can be hazardous to the health of dictators and strongmen, leading to revolutions, coups and other forms of ouster. Anthony Faiola, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s inflation rate may hit 1,000,000 percent," 24 July 2018 Investor confusion over Deutsche Bank’s strategy, and the lender’s failure to make an after-tax full-year profit for the past three years, have fueled frustration and weighed on shares, and culminated in Mr. Cryan’s ouster in early April. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank Breaks Up Its Global Corporate-Strategy Group," 21 June 2018 The pattern there, too, is familiar: Military officers and their supporters criticized Geo as being sympathetic to PML-N, citing its coverage of the judiciary’s ouster of Mr. Sharif on corruption charges last summer. Douglas Schorzman, New York Times, "In Pre-Election Pakistan, a Military Crackdown Is the Real Issue," 6 June 2018 The Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to probe Russian interference in the 2016 election - and possible collusion with the Trump campaign - in the aftermath of Comey's ouster. John Wagner, chicagotribune.com, "GOP campaign seeks to brand ex-FBI director Comey a liar as he touts book critical of Trump," 12 Apr. 2018 Shares of major marijuana companies spiked on the news of Sessions’s ouster. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump’s first post-midterms move: Dump Attorney General Jeff Sessions," 8 Nov. 2018 Not all Republicans are calling for Rosenstein's ouster. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Rod Rosenstein says DOJ is "not going to be extorted," amid call for his impeachment," 1 May 2018 Carlson took on Roger Ailes, the late Fox News chairman and CEO, in a landmark harassment case which resulted in his ouster and a $20 million settlement and apology for her in 2016. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Miss America made a welcome change. But let's not pretend pageants are the root of the problem.," 5 June 2018 That led to a group of GOP lawmakers blocking confirmation of anyone who participated in the commissioner’s ouster, leaving the board two members short of a quorum. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Under Greitens, Missouri’s state school board couldn’t meet for months. Now it’s back," 14 June 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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