Meaning of OUTCAST in English

I. (ˈ) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ transitive verb

Etymology: Middle English outcasten, from out + casten to cast — more at cast

: to cast out

II. ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from past participle of outcasten

1. : regarded with contempt : despised

afraid lest she should be mixed up with something low, outcast , suspected — Rose Macaulay

2. : rejected or cast out by society : friendless

a rebel, feared and outcast — Lewis Dent

all alone beweep my outcast — Shakespeare

3. : thrown aside : discarded

outcast beliefs

III. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Etymology: Middle English, from outcast, adjective


a. : one who is cast out or refused acceptance by society : a friendless or rejected person : castaway

a social outcast

a political outcast

had no rights and no status and were considered outcasts — Morris Ploscowe

b. : something that is cast out

from being a cultural outcast science became a respectable and finally a dominant interest — Douglas Bush


[ out (III) + cast (after Scots cast out )]

Scotland : quarrel

a bitter black outcast — Robert Burns

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