out·cast | \ˈau̇t-ˌkast \

Definition of outcast 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that is cast out or refused acceptance (as by society) : pariah

2 [ Scots cast out to quarrel ] Scotland : quarrel



Definition of outcast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : rejected or cast out by society I felt no longer outcast, vagrant, and disowned by the wide world.— Charlotte Brontë He breaks through the stereotype and humanizes this outcast group of young people.Publishers Weekly Tom was like the rest of the respectable boys, in that he envied Huckleberry his gaudy outcast condition, and was under strict orders not to play with him.— Mark Twain

2 : thrown aside : discarded a pile of outcast furniture outcast beliefs

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Synonyms for outcast

Synonyms: Noun

castaway, castoff, leper, pariah, reject

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Examples of outcast in a Sentence


She felt like a social outcast. the professor is something of an outcast in the halls of academe now that his former support of a dictatorial regime has become public

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many modern aspects cast them as stand-ins for awkward outcasts rather than vengeful concepts of death and dying. Jef Rouner, Houston Chronicle, "‘Night of the Living Dead’: What a zombie classic says about death in America," 3 July 2018 Saido Berahino is set to discuss his future with new Stoke City manager Gary Rowett next week, after Stoke's £12m signing was outcast under previous manager Paul Lambert last season. SI.com, "New Stoke City Boss Gary Rowett to Hold Talks With Saido Berahino To Discuss his Future at the Club," 8 June 2018 In the 1986 John Hughes film, Ringwald played high school outcast (and aspiring fashion designer) Andie, who gets asked out by the much more popular Blane (played by Andrew McCarthy). Taysha Murtaugh, Woman's Day, "Molly Ringwald Hated That 'Pretty In Pink' Prom Dress Just as Much as You Did," 25 Apr. 2017 The only difference is that in the film, celebrities Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sarah Paulson are all outcasts, as opposed to honored guests. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "How the Ocean’s 8 Costume Designer Staged a Fake Met Gala," 8 June 2018 Every school has outcasts, loners, or people who aren't interested in the things everyone else likes — and that's okay. Ashley Mateo, Seventeen, ""I Could Have Stopped A High School Shooting"," 15 Feb. 2018 Subsequently, a move to Dortmund could prove to be an ideal chance at redemption for the Paris Saint-Germain outcast. SI.com, "French Report Claims Borussia Dortmund Are Keen on Signing PSG Reject Hatem Ben Arfa," 5 June 2018 On the Malolo tribe, superfan/Bob Ross clone Jacob is immediately outcast. Stephen Fishbach, PEOPLE.com, "Survivor Ghost Island Eliminates Its First Two Castaways on Season Premiere — Who Went Home & Why," 1 Mar. 2018 Most of those outcasts were rich in icy, cometlike material from the outer solar system rather than rocky asteroids. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "Interstellar Mystery Object Now Thought to Be a Comet," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of outcast


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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out·cast | \ˈau̇t-ˌkast \

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: a person who is not accepted by society

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evasion of direct action or statement

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