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outcast1

[out-kast, -kahst] /ˈaʊtˌkæst, -ˌkɑst/
noun
1.
a person who is rejected or cast out, as from home or society:
In the beginning the area was settled by outcasts, adventurers, and felons.
2.
a homeless wanderer; vagabond.
3.
rejected matter; refuse.
adjective
4.
cast out, as from one's home or society:
an outcast son.
5.
pertaining to or characteristic of an outcast:
outcast misery.
6.
rejected or discarded:
outcast opinions.
Origin of outcast1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see out-, cast
Synonyms
1. exile, refugee, expatriate; leper, pariah.

outcast2

[out-kast, -kahst] /ˈaʊtˌkæst, -ˌkɑst/
noun, Scot.
1.
a falling out; quarrel.
Origin
1590-1600; noun use of verb phrase (Scottish) cast out
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  • Jason asked, handing the outcast a flat gold case inset with a single large diamond.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • All this must have seemed the veriest irony when addressed to an outcast Jew.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • You're too patient—I'm very sorry; 'tis like an angel—you're noble, Sir, and I such an outcast.

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Note: The outcast princess is represented as “herding sheep.”

  • I am not only an outcast, but I have been wicked and ungrateful, and made you unhappy by my misconduct.

British Dictionary definitions for outcast

outcast

/ˈaʊtˌkɑːst/
noun
1.
a person who is rejected or excluded from a social group
2.
a vagabond or wanderer
3.
anything thrown out or rejected
adjective
4.
rejected, abandoned, or discarded; cast out
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Word Origin and History for outcast
n.

mid-14c., "a person cast out or rejected," originally past participle of Middle English outcasten, from out + casten "to cast" (see cast (v.)). The adjective is attested from late 14c. In an Indian context, outcaste "one who has been expelled from his caste" is from 1876; see caste.

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