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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Bolton was a leading voice promoting U.S. support for the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, an effort that hasn't been successful. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Donald Trump fires John Bolton after tumultuous tenure," 10 Sep. 2019 Al Qaeda has between 4,000 and 7,000 fighters in Yemen, the experts say, about the same level before its ouster from Al Mukalla. Sune Engel Rasmussen And Saleh Al-batati, WSJ, "Yemen’s War Opens Way for al Qaeda’s Revival," 22 Nov. 2018 Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, before his ouster from the White House, encouraged some GOP Senate candidates to distance themselves from McConnell. NBC News, "McConnell's legacy built on winning fights, not friends," 12 June 2018 Following Milwaukee's ouster from the playoffs in a seven-game, first-round series against the Boston Celtics, the Bucks' search became more active. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's official: Mike Budenholzer is the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks," 17 May 2018 Souki, who founded Cheniere and served as CEO until his 2016 ouster from the company, plans to test a different, lower-cost model for LNG production and exports. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Executives offer different perspectives on evolving LNG market," 7 Mar. 2018 But Fleming’s critics say it’s not just the professor’s quest for public headlines that leads them to support his ouster. Brian Witte, baltimoresun.com, "Controversial Naval Academy professor returns, but not to class," 20 Aug. 2019 Sudan’s prosecutor general said in May that al-Bashir had been charged in the deaths of protesters in the uprising that eventually led to his ouster. Declan Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Saudis paid $90 million to Sudan’s ex-leader, officer says in al-Bashir trial," 19 Aug. 2019 But Fleming’s critics say it’s not just the professor’s quest for public headlines that leads them to support his ouster. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Naval Academy professor returns, but not to class," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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