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

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 endless list of injuries has left Zidane needing to turn towards the former outcast, and Bale has shone. SI.com, "Real Madrid: The XI That Should Start Against Villarreal," 31 Aug. 2019 Kid sees themselves as something of an outcast, and somewhat stuck and purposeless at this point in their life. Michael Moore, The Verge, "198X is about the transformational escapism of 80’s arcades," 21 July 2019 My rock n’ roll heroes sounded like outsiders and outcasts too. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Trans Artist-Activist Ryan Cassata Shares Summer of Pride Mix & Talks Escaping Queer-Phobia," 9 Aug. 2019 Students, workers and organizations that have protested in the past have often dubbed instigators and outcasts. Zaire Dinzey-flores, Time, "The Governor of Puerto Rico Dismissed the People. But the People Refused to Be Dismissed," 24 July 2019 The Broadway establishment has always been composed of rebels and outcasts — without whom, the misery of the era of AIDS would have been so very much worse. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Terrence McNally's lifetime award speech at the Tonys was ignored — but it was the most important of the night," 12 June 2019 This dynamic is a little different from the typical X-Men movie, in which mutants are seen as freaks and outcasts. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: If it’s the final X-Men chapter, ‘Dark Phoenix’ is appropriately funereal," 7 June 2019 This dynamic is a little different from the typical X-Men movie, in which mutants are seen as freaks and outcasts. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘Dark Phoenix,’ X-Men’s probable swan song, is a dirge," 6 June 2019 The outcasts must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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