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verb (used with object)
  1. to expel or remove from a place or position occupied: The bouncer ousted the drunk; to oust the prime minister in the next election.
  2. Law. to eject or evict; dispossess.

Origin of oust

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 formsun·oust·ed, adjective

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Historical Examples of ousted

  • But though her life was now crowded with new interests that first-comer was not ousted.

  • If they're ousted from Pump Street they're flying somewhere.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill

    Gilbert K. Chesterton

  • At first there appeared to be no way by which the bear might be ousted from his secure quarters.


    Mayne Reid

  • He would have nothing at the hands of the man who had ousted him.

  • He had ousted the Scotch gardener and insinuated a relation of his own in his place.

    The Ghost Girl

    H. De Vere Stacpoole

British Dictionary definitions for ousted


verb (tr)
  1. to force out of a position or place; supplant or expel
  2. property law to deprive (a person) of the possession of land

Word Origin for oust

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 ousted



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.

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