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Syllabification: out·law
Pronunciation: /ˈoutˌlô

Definition of outlaw in English:


1A person who has broken the law, especially one who remains at large or is a fugitive.
Example sentences
  • Despite what romantic notions your kind has invented we are criminals, bandits and outlaws.
  • Whilst he is certainly an outlaw and bandit of historic proportions there is little or no connection with the notion of hereditary criminal tribes.
  • If you would accept our escort, we would guard you from bands of villainous outlaws.
fugitive, (wanted) criminal, public enemy, outcast, exile, pariah;
bandit, bandito, robber
dated desperado
1.1An intractable horse or other animal.
1.2 historical A person deprived of the benefit and protection of the law.
Example sentences
  • The Court was clearly concerned that the fact that the plaintiff was a burglar should not mean that he effectively became an outlaw, beyond the protection of the civil law.
  • I do not think that it could be said that a person in breach of some statutory duty or other prohibition thereupon becomes an outlaw, unable to enforce any of his rights against anyone.
  • They are too often treated as outlaws with no protections under the law.


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1Ban; make illegal: Maryland outlawed cheap small-caliber pistols (as adjective outlawed) the outlawed guerrilla group
More example sentences
  • The legislation is not there to tackle discriminatory treatment but to outlaw sex discrimination.
  • Not until then did most states outlaw common law marriage.
  • In effect, these measures outlaw political campaigns against arbitrary or illegal detentions.
1.1 historical Deprive (someone) of the benefit and protection of the law.
Example sentences
  • He was outlawed, which meant that when he was arrested there was no need for a trial.


late Old English ūtlaga (noun), ūtlagian (verb), from Old Norse útlagi, noun from útlagr 'outlawed or banished'.



Pronunciation: /-ˌlôrē/
Example sentences
  • He admired outlaws when their outlawry was conducted with daring and intelligence.
  • After the war they spearheaded a broad, politically active peace movement that, however, promoted contending programs, including arms limitation, outlawry of war, and international organization.
  • Then, the movement depended upon moral outlawry to move its agenda forward.

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