An outcast is someone who isn't wanted. To remember what outcast means, flip it around: outcasts have been cast out from somewhere.

No one wants to be an outcast: such people are rejected by their peers. We all feel like outcasts sometimes. For example, if no one wants to sit with you at lunch, you will probably feel like an outcast. There are much more serious cases too: if a person is thrown out of a community or country, they are considered an outcast (or an exile).

Definitions of outcast
  1. noun
    a person who is rejected (from society or home)
    synonyms: Ishmael, castaway, pariah
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    heretic, misbeliever, religious outcast
    a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church
    a pariah who is avoided by others
    Harijan, untouchable
    belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India
    type of:
    unfortunate, unfortunate person
    a person who suffers misfortune
  2. adjective
    excluded from a society
    synonyms: friendless
    not wanted; not needed
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