outlaw

[out-law]

noun

verb (used with object)

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of an outlaw.

Origin of outlaw

before 1150; Middle English outlawe, Old English ūtlaga < Old Norse ūtlagi one outside the protection of the law; see out, law1
Related formsself-out·law, nounself-out·lawed, adjectiveun·out·lawed, adjective

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outlaw

noun

(formerly) a person excluded from the law and deprived of its protection
any fugitive from the law, esp a habitual transgressor
a wild or untamed beast

verb (tr)

to put (a person) outside the law and deprive of its protection
(in the US) to deprive (a contract) of legal force
to ban
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Word Origin and History for outlawed

outlaw

v.

Old English utlagian "to outlaw, banish," from utlaga "an outlaw" (see outlaw (n.)). Related: Outlawed; outlawing.

outlaw

n.

Old English utlaga "one put outside the law" (and thereby deprived of its benefits and protections), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse utlagi (n.) "outlaw," from utlagr (adj.) "outlawed, banished," from ut "out" (see out (adv.)) + *lagu, plural of lag "law" (see law).

[G]if he man to deaðe gefylle, beo he þonne utlah ["Laws of Edward & Guthrum," c.924]

Meaning "one living a lawless life" is first recorded 1880. As an adjective from Old English.

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