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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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Examples of outcast in a Sentence

Noun 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 Veronica and Bailey are positioned as opposites at the outset, the latter being more of a social outcast, though with a great deal of spunk. Washington Post, "How ‘Unpregnant,’ a movie about getting an abortion, puts a twist on the road trip comedy," 12 Sep. 2020 The original film centered on a popular high school jock who accepts a bet in transforming his school's nerdy outcast into a prom queen after being dumped by his girlfriend. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "TikTok Star Addison Rae Cast in Gender-Swap Reboot of She’s All That: 'My Dreams Are Coming True'," 11 Sep. 2020 The biologist added that animal experts are monitoring the seal and plan to intervene should the rare pup become an outcast to its community and need outside care. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Albino Seal Pup Spotted in Russia Gets Nicknamed 'the Ugly Duckling': It's a 'Rare Event'," 10 Sep. 2020 Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar for his tortured portrayal of Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comic who goes on a murdering spree across New York City after years as an outcast. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "From ‘Queen & Slim’ to 'Marriage Story,’ here are 12 divisive films to stream (and argue about)," 28 Aug. 2020 This classic follows Jenna Rink, a 13-year-old outcast who's wish to grow up and escape the horrors of high school has come true. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "52 Best Teen Movies You Can't Grow Up Without Watching," 24 Aug. 2020 Alongside him is Gnabry, who has developed from Arsenal and West Brom outcast into one of the finest attacking talents in Europe. Matias Grez, CNN, "Paris Saint-Germain looks to upset European football's established order with victory over Bayern Munich," 21 Aug. 2020 The Netflix documentary details how Coleman’s family was outcast and ostracized by the community after the incident. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Rape survivor who appeared in Netflix documentary dead by suicide," 6 Aug. 2020 But Feehery said Bolton's outcast status is not only due to his book. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "John Bolton wants to help Republicans keep the Senate, but his explosive new book makes him an outcast in the GOP," 25 June 2020

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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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“Outcast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcast. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outcast

: someone who is not accepted by other people


out·​cast | \ ˈau̇t-ˌkast How to pronounce outcast (audio) \

Kids Definition of outcast

: a person who is not accepted by society

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