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

Definition of outcast

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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, offscouring, 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

The direwolf, like Jon, was an outcast among his siblings because of his snow white skin and red eyes, and they two bonded because of their shared outsider nature. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Why Didn't Jon Snow Say Goodbye to Ghost the Direwolf on 'Game of Thrones'?," 8 May 2019 If yesterday’s ruling class clutched its pearls at the sight of outcasts hobnobbing in their favorite spots, today’s has become accustomed to a crew of villains who might as well have strutted straight from perp walk to Per Se. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "What to Do When You Find Yourself at Dinner With a Social Pariah," 15 May 2019 The versatile winger has become an outcast at Barcelona since joining in 2015, but has started just six times this season, with half coming in the league. SI.com, "Sevilla Lead Race for Barcelona Outcast But Cannot Agree on Fee as Los Rojiblancos Weigh Up Options," 24 Jan. 2018 Lindsay had just finished playing the good girl/outcast in Disney's Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and wanted to play the cool girl for a change. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "15 Shocking Things You Never Knew About "Mean Girls"," 7 July 2015 Both novels use the Brontë fictions to explore the role of the outcast in society and the various forms that imperial, patriarchal oppression — both unthinking and intentional — can take. New York Times, "Two Writers Haunted by Their Caribbean Past," 22 June 2018 Her character Maeve is the resident bad girl, whose reputation keeps her an outcast at school. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Cast of "Sex Education," Netflix's Hilarious New Dramedy All About, Well, Sex," 4 Jan. 2019 Earlier this year, Politico magazine documented the dating trials of millennial Trump staffers, many of whom claimed that supporting the president makes them outcasts — even in Washington, DC. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "“For conservatives, by conservatives”: the rise of right-wing dating apps," 26 Dec. 2018 Conceived sketchily in 1941 as the son of an undersea explorer, Aquaman in 1959 became Arthur Curry, the son of a lighthouse keeper, and Atlanna, an outcast from Atlantis. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "I Want to Be Aquaman When I Grow Up . . .," 13 Dec. 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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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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