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oust Syllabification: oust

Definition of oust in English:


[with object]
1Drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place: he ousted a long-term incumbent by only 500 votes
More example sentences
  • In 1969 he joined the family business, but in 1996 the group was subject to a hostile takeover and he was ousted from the board.
  • He seems to have control over them, and until he is ousted or expelled, he continues to attract other demons back even though many may have been cast out.
  • In 1957, his inner circle tried to oust him as party leader.
drive out, expel, force out, throw out, remove (from office/power), eject, get rid of, depose, dethrone, topple, unseat, overthrow, bring down, overturn, dismiss, dislodge, displace
informal boot out, kick out
1.1 Law Deprive (someone) of or exclude (someone) from possession of something.


Late Middle English (as a legal term): from Anglo-Norman French ouster 'take away', from Latin obstare 'oppose, hinder'.

Words that rhyme with oust

Faust, frowst, joust, roust

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