Definition of ouster in US English:



  • 1North American Dismissal or expulsion from a position.

    ‘a showdown that may lead to his ouster as leader of the party’
    • ‘Banners appeared all over the city, celebrating the ouster of the troops.’
    • ‘But the common thread in most of Cincinnati's second-round ousters has been a lack of offensive production.’
    • ‘You could easily list out all of his past statements and conclude that his ouster was a long time coming.’
    • ‘In fact, that independence helped lead to his ouster.’
    • ‘He then spent the balance of 2003 opposing the dictator's ouster.’
    • ‘He also condemned Britain's work for his ouster, including sanctions against his country.’
    • ‘Witness the pathos of the nation's first temple in its largest metropolis: a president, unencumbered by elections, wedded to perennial power locked in legal combat with a shadow board of trustees bent on her ouster.’
    • ‘He was arrested barely three weeks after his ouster.’
    • ‘Since his ouster violence has escalated in the capital.’
    • ‘Personally, I don't think spoken words alone ever constitute treason, and the demands for his ouster are empty political threats.’
    • ‘His ouster followed five days of ‘people power’ street protests supported by the military and many of his cabinet members.’
    • ‘The chances of an ouster by direct popular vote are equally slim.’
    • ‘The dismissive manner in which he approached the issue of ‘contributions’ eventually spurred a political storm which led to his ouster in what effectively was a constitutional coup.’
    • ‘The trigger for his ouster as archbishop was a decision by a Massachusetts judge to compel the Church to release internal documents about its personnel decisions.’
    • ‘But his supporters are now filing lawsuits seeking to have him reinstated, arguing that his ouster violated the rights of voters who elected him.’
    • ‘Corporate governance watchers said the ouster of independent directors is unusual and merited an inquiry.’
    • ‘Explicit e-mails he allegedly sent led to his ouster on Mar. 7.’
    • ‘However, a number of outside groups and individuals began writing e - mails, letters of protests, phoning the museum, phoning my employer, demanding my ouster for this.’
    • ‘It wouldn't be so bad if the ouster hadn't been made by utterly pathetic personalities.’
    • ‘They then pulled off a huge first-round playoff upset, a thrilling seven-game, first-round ouster of the President's Trophy-winning St. Louis Blues.’
    overthrow, overturning, toppling, downfall, removal from office, removal, unseating, dethronement, supplanting, displacement, dismissal, discharge, ousting, drumming out, throwing out, forcing out, driving out, expulsion, expelling, ejection, ejecting
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  • 2Law
    Ejection from a freehold or other possession; deprivation of an inheritance.

    • ‘There could not be any question of an ouster of the true owner by a wrongful possessor.’