Definition of oust in English:

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Pronunciation: /aʊst/


[with object]
1Drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place: the reformists were ousted from power
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, remove from office/power, eject, get rid of, depose, topple, unseat, overthrow, bring down, overturn, put out, drum out, thrust out, push out, turn out, purge, evict, dispossess, dismiss, dislodge, displace, supplant, disinherit, show someone the door;
informal boot out, kick out, give someone the boot, defenestrate
British informal turf out
dated out
1.1 Law Deprive of or exclude from possession of something.
1.2 Law Take away (a court’s jurisdiction) in a matter.
Example sentences
  • Nevertheless, it was held that this clause did not oust jurisdiction and prevent the court from reviewing the decision on procedural grounds.
  • First, section 34 of the Act provides that an agreement cannot oust the jurisdiction of the court to hear an application for financial relief.
  • Such an agreement purports to oust the jurisdiction of the Court and is void as being contrary to public policy.


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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