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1 to drive or force out
  • she was ousted from her job after it was proven she'd been pilfering company supplies

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2 to remove from a position of prominence or power (as a throne)
  • the people finally rose up and ousted the corrupt dictator

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3 to end the occupancy or possession of
  • the squatters were forcibly ousted from the abandoned building

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How does the verb oust contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of oust are eject, evict, and expel. While all these words mean "to drive or force out," oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion.

police ousted the squatters

When would eject be a good substitute for oust?

The words eject and oust can be used in similar contexts, but eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action.

ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar

In what contexts can evict take the place of oust?

The synonyms evict and oust are sometimes interchangeable, but evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home.

evicted for nonpayment of rent

When might expel be a better fit than oust?

While the synonyms expel and oust are close in meaning, expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical.

a student expelled from college

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The first known use of oust was in the 15th century

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“Oust.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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