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outcast

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[out-kast, -kahst]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a homeless wanderer; vagabond.
  3. rejected matter; refuse.
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adjective
  1. cast out, as from one's home or society: an outcast son.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of an outcast: outcast misery.
  3. rejected or discarded: outcast opinions.
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Origin of outcast

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Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at out-, cast

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outcast

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[out-kast, -kahst]
noun Scot.
  1. a falling out; quarrel.
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Origin of outcast

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1590–1600; noun use of verb phrase (Scottish) cast out
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Related Words for outcast

vagabond, untouchable, fugitive, castaway, gypsy, rascal, refugee, vagrant, tramp, wretch, reprobate, deportee, bum, exile, expatriate, derelict, hobo

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Historical Examples of outcast

  • All this must have seemed the veriest irony when addressed to an outcast Jew.

  • He was a vagabond and an outcast, and scenes of horror were not new to him.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • He found himself an outcast in the midst of the populous camp.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Note: The outcast princess is represented as “herding sheep.”

  • There will be left of it but one unprincipled woman—and she wretched and an outcast.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for outcast

outcast

noun
  1. a person who is rejected or excluded from a social group
  2. a vagabond or wanderer
  3. anything thrown out or rejected
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adjective
  1. rejected, abandoned, or discarded; cast out
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Word Origin and History for outcast

n.

mid-14c., "a person cast out or rejected," originally past participle of Middle English outcasten, from out + casten "to cast" (see cast (v.)). The adjective is attested from late 14c. In an Indian context, outcaste "one who has been expelled from his caste" is from 1876; see caste.

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