Definition of outcaste in US English:



Pronunciation /ˈaʊtˌkæst//ˈoutˌkast/
  • (in Hindu society) a person who has no caste or has been expelled from a caste.

    • ‘No other scripture of any other religion of the world contains any kind of writings of holy men belonging to another faith, caste or creed, or of those who were regarded as outcastes or untouchables.’
    • ‘It's not a feeling of being an outcaste that hurts; it's the realisation of belonging to the wrong caste that does.’
    • ‘Even if you belong to the same race, class or creed, you can be an outcaste.’
    • ‘Those who had children as a result of the rapes are outcastes.’
    • ‘Beyond those four hereditary official classes, its society included a tiny stratum of imperial nobility, a large clerical establishment, and a population of outcastes.’
    • ‘Rather, untouchables are outcastes placed below the sudra caste.’
    • ‘The outcaste is an outsider, outside the anthropology of life and death; he is less than an animal, a false metaphor, born to be a slave by divine law, fated to be flogged, lynched, reduced into a daily caricature in his own eyes.’
    • ‘Big groups of harijans, or outcastes, from India were drumming and singing while African road-workers in blue overalls downed tools and African women downed bags to dance to the music from another continent.’
    • ‘Although rather thin in empirical evidence, she vigorously argues for understanding the problems of the displaced, the outcastes, the unrepresented and the underprivileged.’


[with object]
Pronunciation /aʊtˈkæst//outˈkast/
  • Cause (someone) to lose one's caste.

    ‘he has deliberately elected to outcaste himself’
    • ‘I can go on to do anything in my life, and I will always be outcasted and shunned by society, I can never be part of it, all I can do is sit on the sidelines as people laugh and stare at me.’
    • ‘Obviously outcasted wherever she went, she didn't seem to care about it.’
    • ‘I was the last person on earth that anyone dared to sit beside, only because I had been outcasted from the school population.’
    • ‘As you pointed out, the internet makes a great help community, especially for those outcasted by normal society, or in some cases, even their own families.’
    • ‘And after the situation had cooled into oblivion, I was left with an enlightening feeling of how being purposely outcasted feels like.’
    • ‘The girl got outcasted, and my wife swore she would never have anything to do with her unfaithful husband.’
    • ‘He continues, ‘The only place where we're outcasted from is the Northside of Chicago.’’
    • ‘That had been over a year ago, before Tess and I became total recluses and outcasted ourselves until this night.’
    • ‘Ralph realises he has been outcasted, but does not regret his decision not to follow the others, and he now understands why he has been rejected.’
    • ‘It is not a good thing because if she is still going out with him when and if she enters grade 7, she will be so outcasted.’