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

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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 How on earth did Nick Pivetta transform from an outcast from Philly into an indispensable rotation contributor for the Red Sox in what feels like the blink of an eye? BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2021 Meeink was a teenager at the time, his daily life filled with violence and hate and the sense of being an outcast, an archetype later immortalized by the Edward Norton character in American History X. Steve Volk, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2021 Inej is an outcast, and even in a time like this [for me] being a brown actress in this industry, seeing a brown actor in this role is unusual. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, 26 Apr. 2021 While Cheney has been transformed from rising star to outcast, Stefanik has rocketed from back-bench obscurity to pro-Trump superstardom. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Hudson, a lonely soul, also shared their outcast status. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, 2 Apr. 2021 Petrie’s association with Elefantin, initially over chess, rendered him an outcast, too. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2021 After infuriating former President Donald J. Trump by resisting his demands to overturn the state’s election results, Mr. Kemp became an outcast in his own party. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Once the defiant moniker of the brainy social outcast, nerd is now claimed by anyone with a deep affinity for some area of knowledge. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of outcast was in the 14th century

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22 May 2021

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“Outcast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcast. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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