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

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

Synonyms for outcast

Synonyms: Noun

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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 This imagery overwhelmingly dominates the yoga industry, Kalgaonkar said, leaving others, like herself, feeling like an outcast. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 19 July 2022 That song spoke to me so much as someone who felt like an outcast. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 8 July 2022 The curving path to his conservative jurisprudence has left Thomas something of an outcast among many African Americans. Fox News, 2 July 2022 The Spanish series’ version was an outcast who was tricked by a classmate into flashing her breast, which was then shared on social media without her permission. Jae Ha Kim, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2022 Since then, the bicycle has mostly served to establish a protagonist as either a renegade and outcast (Quicksilver, Premium Rush) or a socially and emotionally stunted man-child (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 40-Year-Old Virgin). Eben Weiss, Outside Online, 21 June 2022 The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Travis Bean, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 From teenage outcast to skilled assassin: Pen15 co-creator and star Maya Erskine will replace Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Donald Glover's upcoming Mr. and Mrs. Smith series. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 7 Apr. 2022 One concern pinpointed by Harkavy was that outcast states showed a troubling interest in acquiring nuclear weapons. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for outcast


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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