outcast vs outcaste : Common Errors in English

About outcast vs outcaste

Believe it or not, these two similar words have very different origins. An “outcast” is someone who has been cast (thrown) out of a group, and may be used loosely of all kinds of loners. An “outcaste” is technically a South Asian person who has been expelled from his or her caste, or a person who lacks a caste identification. Although this spelling can be used metaphorically, it is probably better to confine it to discussions of social relations in Hinduism and other South Asian contexts.

outcast Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person who is rejected (from society or home)
  • (s) excluded from a society

outcaste Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person belonging to no caste
  • (s) not belonging to or having been expelled from a caste and thus having no place or status in society

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