• WordNet 3.6
    • adj outcast excluded from a society
    • n outcast a person who is rejected (from society or home)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Outcast A quarrel; a contention.
    • a Outcast Cast out; degraded. "Outcast , rejected."
    • Outcast One who is cast out or expelled; an exile; one driven from home, society, or country; hence, often, a degraded person; a vagabond. "The Lord . . . gathereth together the outcasts of Israel."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • outcast To throw out; cast forth; expel; reject.
    • outcast Cast out; thrown away; rejected; hence, forsaken; forlorn; miserable; specifically, despised socially.
    • n outcast That which is thrown away or cast forth; refuse.
    • n outcast A person expelled or driven out; an exile; one who is rejected or despised.
    • n outcast A falling out; a quarrel.
    • n outcast In malting and brewing, increase by measure in the bulk of malt as compared with the bulk of the unmalted grain from which the malt was made. It is generally computed in bushels, and varies from 3 to 8 per cent. Synonyms Reprobate, vagabond, tramp, pariah.
    • n outcast Material ejected; specifically, in astronomy, ejected matter which lies outside of the nucleus of the sun.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Outcast owt′kast exiled from home or country: rejected
    • n Outcast a person banished: a vagabond: an exile:
    • n Outcast (Scot.) a quarrel: the amount of increase in bulk of grain in malting
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  • Nicholas Hilliard
    Nicholas Hilliard
    “A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “For his mourners will be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
    “We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. utkasta, to cast out


In literature:

Presently a dirty outcast passed him and rudely jostled his arm as he drank his coffee.
"Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
I had already suffered many deaths, I said, and I would go to the final one looking like a man, and not like an outcast of humanity.
"The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
He must either starve or buy eatables from outcasts and Europeans, and so incur the dangers of further pollution.
"From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan" by Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
But I am such an outcast that I never should have done it.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
He must face the penalty of becoming an outcast or an exile from the people and the life that he has loved.
"Under the Prophet in Utah" by Frank J. Cannon and Harvey J. O'Higgins
And those who do it we make outcast.
"The Rising of the Court" by Henry Lawson
Aphrodite is outcast and with her many of the other immortals have also departed.
"Imaginations and Reveries" by (A.E.) George William Russell
In those blessed days ignorance was a king and science was an outcast.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
He was going to work among the poor and the outcast, the oppressed and the fallen.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
Then Mr. Wilde told Vance he could go; and he went, shambling like an outcast of the slums.
"The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers

In poetry:

Thy love thou sendest oft to me,
And still as oft I thrust it back;
Thy messengers I could not see
In those who everything did lack,
The poor, the outcast and the black.
"A Contrast" by James Russell Lowell
'Tis then I face the piercing wind,
What shelter can an outcast find ?
'Tis then that midst the whistling blast,
The while the beating rain falls fast,
I tread my weary way.
"The Outcast" by Laura Sophia Temple
Outcast was she from what Life holdeth dear;
Banished from joy that other souls might win;
And from the dark beyond she turned with fear,
Being so branded by the mark of sin.
"The Vision" by Virna Sheard
Poor Outcast sleep in peace! the wintry storm
Blows bleak no more on thine unshelter'd form;
Thy woes are past; thou restest in the tomb;—
I pause—and ponder on the days to come.
"The Pauper's Funeral" by Robert Southey
First Father of the holy seed,
If yet, invoked in hour of need,
Thou count me for Thine own
Not quite an outcast if I prove,
(Thou joy'st in miracles of love),
Hear, from Thy mercy-throne!
"First Sunday After Easter" by John Keble
First Courtier.
I spoke of that undone, that outcast people,
Those tributary creatures of thy power,
The captives of thy will, whose very breath
Hangs on the sovereign pleasure of the king.
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

All sorts of interesting rigs are tucked here and there at Outcast 's Mooresville shop.
Behind the scenes at Outcast Kustoms image 14.
Behind the scenes at Outcast Kustoms image 15.
Behind the scenes at Outcast Kustoms.
Team Outcast to freeze for charity.
'The Concert' a heartwarming fable of outcast musicians.
PDXebiker's e-boost makes him an outcast .
'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' movie review: Outcast tale blends in.
Bigfoot studies render academic an outcast .
From ' outcast ' at Georgia to starter at LSU.
David Heinemeier Hansson, 29, a successful tech entrepreneur, is something of an outcast in Silicon Valley.
Frank (Joel Murray) is an outcast.
Nitin Sawhney, "Tides," Beyond Skin, Outcaste.
Outcast of his caucus .
Here, where I live in Marin County, California, she would be a social outcast.

In science:

Sceptics are outcasts when enthusiasm reigns, and seers when the chill sets in.
The APEX/EPOS Quandary: the Way Out via Low Energy Studies