Definition of outcast in English:



  • A person who has been rejected or ostracized by their society or social group:

    ‘she went from trusted pal to ostracized outcast overnight’
    • ‘The popular kids will always be the popular kids, and the outcasts remain outcast.’
    • ‘The gypsies, who number almost a million, have been outcasts for centuries.’
    • ‘The student in question says that he's become an outcast at the school.’
    • ‘I felt like I was being made a total outcast.’
    • ‘I was a total social outcast, but usually I didn't mind.’
    • ‘Why did she feel it would be a good idea to create an outreach program for social outcasts?’
    • ‘No longer could gays and lesbians be treated by society and by the law as social outcasts, a marginal and disposable fringe.’
    • ‘The ones that survive become social outcasts because of the nature of their injuries.’
    • ‘Your character Jamie is a total outcast in school.’
    • ‘Once in prison, inmates are officially designated as social outcasts.’
    • ‘The men here are lawbreakers and outcasts from society.’
    • ‘She believes that they are both outcasts from society.’
    • ‘Do we ban everything that is potentially dangerous and turn the practitioners into social outcasts?’
    • ‘They saw me as a ghost, or some other outcast of society.’
    • ‘Thus he flouted the social hierarchies of his time by eating and associating with outcasts.’
    • ‘We are, in our own small way, outcasts from the tribe, and of course that hurts.’
    • ‘We think of them as outcasts or even the opposition to social movements.’
    • ‘So they were using all the remnants, refuse, and outcasts of our society.’
    • ‘She still will be an outcast at school.’
    • ‘He was always considered an outcast, because of his shyness and nerdy behavior.’
    pariah, persona non grata, reject, leper, untouchable
    foundling, waif, stray
    exile, refugee, displaced person, dp, asylum seeker, evacuee, expatriate, outsider, outlaw, castaway
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  • (of a person) rejected or ostracized:

    ‘they can be made to feel outcast and inadequate’
    • ‘But the idea of the outcast protester has a noble lineage in Argentine music and arts.’
    • ‘Within ten minutes of arriving, she is the most socially outcast rider in the stables.’
    • ‘Second, Charles deals with and accepts these outcast individuals where they are.’
    • ‘Along with the music came an interest in books, which was a guarantor of outcast status back then and probably still is today.’
    • ‘Beth was my best friend and stuck by me unlike my other outcast friends who think I'm a bratty popular kid now.’
    • ‘It examines what happens when the outcast kid is pushed too far.’
    • ‘From his initial statements, we see Antony bewailing his outcast state and blaming it on Cleopatra.’
    • ‘She heard several calling her the murderer but most of them were pointing fingers at some of the outcast boys.’
    • ‘Her outcast friends were very similar to the group that sat before her, and she was extremely happy with that.’
    • ‘This early medieval Sanskrit text recounts the Saivite myth of an outcast king who had been a dog in a previous birth.’
    • ‘Her long and lonely outcast life has led her to be cold and depressed.’
    • ‘It was an outcast table for it was far away from all others in the corner.’
    • ‘Your mother was an outcast elf princess who was shunned from her kingdom.’
    • ‘They weren't cool or extremely popular, nor were they unpopular, and didn't go out of their way to befriend the socially inept outcast types.’
    • ‘Any breakdown in these prescriptions risks serious pollution, bringing danger to those affected and outcast status to the perpetrator.’
    • ‘This caused the Romantic era to see him as an emblem of the outcast artist, and Byron and others wrote poems about him.’
    • ‘She hates her outcast status, but has too much respect for herself to compromise or curry favor.’
    • ‘One of the men was an outcast member of an evil demon tribe in the East.’
    • ‘Nowadays it's a one-way ticket to unemployment and outcast status.’
    • ‘They even openly tackle such issues as outcast gay preachers during the show.’