American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fugitive from the law.
- n. A habitual criminal.
- n. A rebel; a nonconformist: a social outlaw.
- n. A person excluded from normal legal protection and rights.
- n. A wild or vicious horse or other animal.
- v. To declare illegal: outlawed the sale of firearms.
- v. To place under a ban; prohibit: outlawed smoking in the house.
- v. To deprive (one declared to be a criminal fugitive) of the protection of the law.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is excluded from the benefit of the law, or deprived of its protection. Formerly it was lawful in Great Britain for any one to kill such a person. See outlawry.
- n. A disorderly person living in defiant violation of the law; a habitual criminal.
- n. Synonyms Robber, bandit, brigand, freebooter, highwayman, marauder.
- To deprive of the benefit and protection of law; declare an outlaw; proscribe.
- To remove from legal jurisdiction; deprive of legal force. An obligation which by reason of the lapse of time has become barred by the statute of limitations, so that no action will lie on it, is said to be outlawed.
- n. A vicious, untamed animal: sometimes used attributively.
- n. A fugitive from the law.
- n. A person who is excluded from normal legal rights.
- n. A person who operates outside established norms.
- n. A wild horse.
- n. humorous An in-law: a relative by marriage.
- v. To declare illegal
- v. To place a ban upon
- v. To remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement.
- v. To deprive of legal force.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A person excluded from the benefit of the law, or deprived of its protection.
- n. A person engaging habitually in criminal activity, especially theft or robbery; an habitually lawless person, especially one who is a fugitive from the law.
- v. To deprive of the benefit and protection of law; to declare to be an outlaw.
- v. To remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement; ; to deprive of legal force.
- v. To render illegal; to ban, prohibit, or proscribe under sanction of some penalty.
- adj. disobedient to or defiant of law
- adj. contrary to or forbidden by law
- v. declare illegal; outlaw.
- n. someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
- From Middle English outlaue ("banished"), Old English ūtlaga ("outlaw"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English outlaue, from Old English ūtlaga, from Old Norse ūtlagi, from ūtlagr, outlawed, banished : ūt, out; + lög, law. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“we outlaw a member of our own society and belonging to our own country; but to _outlaw_ the chiefs of another country is something too absurd; I fear the English language is not much studied at the Cape.”
“Dorothy Provine, 75, an actress who played the title outlaw in the film "The Bonnie Parker Story" and was the high-kicking flapper in the 1960s TV series "The Roaring 20's," died April 25 at a hospice near her home in Bremerton, Wash.”
“Dorothy Provine, a stunningly beautiful actress who starred as the title outlaw in "The Bonnie Parker Story" (1958) and then as a flapper showgirl in the short-lived TV drama "The Roaring Twenties," died April 25.”
“Raging street battles began Tuesday in Basra after the government led a crackdown on what it calls outlaw or rogue militants.”
“Mr. Bush will not say Iraq had a role in organizing 9/11, but he will say the gravest danger in the war on terror is what he calls outlaw regimes that seek and possess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.”
“And then they found the word outlaw and they decided that would smooth it out a little bit.”
“California's Secretary of State says an initiative that would again outlaw gay marriage in the state has qualified for the November ballot.”
“Officer, it was an outlaw from the East Japan Club …”
“He felt that he had lost not only his partner and patron, but that he was bankrupt in honor, and an outlaw from the business community.”
“I shall find her, and the titled outlaw who stole her.”
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