- a person who is rejected or cast out, as from home or society: In the beginning the area was settled by outcasts, adventurers, and felons.
- a homeless wanderer; vagabond.
- rejected matter; refuse.
- cast out, as from one's home or society: an outcast son.
- pertaining to or characteristic of an outcast: outcast misery.
- rejected or discarded: outcast opinions.
Origin of outcast1
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1. exile, refugee, expatriate; leper, pariah.
- a falling out; quarrel.
Origin of outcast2
1590–1600; noun use of verb phrase (Scottish) cast out
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All this must have seemed the veriest irony when addressed to an outcast Jew.The Man Shakespeare
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He found himself an outcast in the midst of the populous camp.White Fang
Note: The outcast princess is represented as “herding sheep.”The Chinese Fairy Book
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- a person who is rejected or excluded from a social group
- a vagabond or wanderer
- anything thrown out or rejected
- rejected, abandoned, or discarded; cast out
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Word Origin and History for outcast
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