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, 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

As a kid attending a conservative Jewish day school, Finck was a social outcast who connected more with nature than with people, and drew instinctively and constantly. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In a New Graphic Memoir, Liana Finck Traces Her Own Origin Story," 18 Sep. 2018 Wind Gap’s teenagers don’t draw the line at much, but the townspeople’s general suspicion of John seems to have spread to the younger generation, and so now John and Ashley are outcasts. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018 Before 1959, jazz was widely considered subterranean, nocturnal music favored by hipsters, intellectuals and outcasts. Marc Myers, WSJ, "A Great Day in Harlem, Revisited," 2 Nov. 2018 Back in Colonial times, the Common was a square where criminals and outcasts were publicly hanged, says Sam Baltrusis, author of 13 Most Haunted Crime Scenes Beyond Boston (as well as seven other books about the area). Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 Sent to find her, Thomas schemes his way in among a group of pilgrims headed for a tiny island off Wales, where a group of outcasts practice their own strange pagan religion. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Apostle takes The Wicker Man to a radical new level," 12 Oct. 2018 Stealing cars is, in a sense, a way for Troy to cement fully his identity as an outcast. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In Randy Kennedy’s Presidio, a Startling Road Trip Thriller Full of Twists and Turns," 17 Aug. 2018 Evie has been feeling like an outcast since her best friend Anna’s drowning death — until one day, someone who looks just like Anna shows up in town. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "11 YA Books to Read Before Summer Ends," 7 Aug. 2018 This country of immigrants, religious refugees, outcasts and dreamers has come a long way. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Miley Cyrus, Jared Leto & More Artists Celebrate 4th of July 2018: See the Posts," 5 July 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 \

Kids Definition of outcast

: a person who is not accepted by society

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