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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.
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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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Related Words for ousting

fire, topple, eject, depose, sack, dislodge, remove, lose, unseat, evict, dethrone, bereave, relegate, disinherit, ostracize, rob, displace, bounce, deprive, dispossess

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Historical Examples of ousting

  • Once in, no effort of the untamed beast could succeed in ousting him from his seat.

    Parkhurst Boys

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • In our straining to be rid of all artificiality we were ousting art and beauty too.

    New York Sketches

    Jesse Lynch Williams

  • For a whim, for a wager, for the triumph of ousting a rival.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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

    Gabriel Conroy

    Bert Harte

  • When did he ever go down to low-water-mark, to make an ousting of tide-waiters?

British Dictionary definitions for ousting


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
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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 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.

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