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outcast

noun out·cast \ ˈau̇t-ˌkast \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of outcast

1 : one that is cast out or refused acceptance (as by society) : pariah
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[Scots cast out to quarrel]
Scotland : quarrel

Examples of outcast in a Sentence

  1. She felt like a social outcast.

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

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First Known Use of outcast

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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outcast Synonyms

Near Antonyms

insider;

Related Words

untouchable;

outsider;

deportee, exile;


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outcast

adjective

Definition of outcast

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.
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  • 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

First Known Use of outcast

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

OUTCAST Defined for Kids

outcast

noun out·cast \ ˈau̇t-ˌkast \

Definition of outcast for Students

: a person who is not accepted by society


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