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[oust] /aʊst/
verb (used with object)
to expel or remove from a place or position occupied:
The bouncer ousted the drunk; to oust the prime minister in the next election.
Law. to eject or evict; dispossess.
Origin of oust
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French ouster to remove, Old French oster < Latin obstāre to stand in the way, oppose (ob- ob- + stāre to stand)
Related forms
unousted, adjective
1. eject, banish, evict, dislodge. Unabridged
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  • He was not altogether inclined to sacrifice his liberty for the sake of ousting the Spanish king from his proposed English throne.

    The Tangled Skein Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • For a whim, for a wager, for the triumph of ousting a rival.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • When did he ever go down to low-water-mark, to make an ousting of tide-waiters?

  • Do I understand that I am to press this claim with a view of ousting these parties?

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • Henry felt real grief at ousting such an amiable animal, and he realized anew that he had become, in fact, a creature of the wild.

    The Eyes of the Woods Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for ousting


verb (transitive)
to force out of a position or place; supplant or expel
(property law) to deprive (a person) of the possession of land
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-Norman ouster, from Latin obstāre to withstand, from ob- against + stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for ousting



early 15c., from Anglo-French oster (late 13c.), Old French oster "remove, take away, take off; evict, dispel; liberate, release" (Modern French ôter), from Latin obstare "stand before, be opposite, stand opposite to, block," in Vulgar Latin, "hinder," from ob "against" (see ob-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related: Ousted; ousting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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