Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being an outsider.

Etymologies

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outsider +‎ -ness; compare earlier outsiderishness, outsiderliness

Examples

  • I am not convinced that [Caldwell's] attempt to move the conversation to a question of who owns the means of literary production does anything more than nudge us toward a severe reification of outsiderness, an anti-brand mandarinism.

    OCD

  • SIEGEL: And first, this idea of outsiderness or outsiderliness, whatever, you've interviewed presidents, presidential candidates, you've been at the White House.

    Garry Wills' Adventures As An 'Outsider Looking In'

  • Mr. Gingrich in the 1980s was hungry and ambitious, and no one had prepared the way for him, which is actually his firmest claim on outsiderness: he was no fortunate son.

    The GOP Takes a Wild Ride

  • In what is perhaps her richest and most deeply searching novel, Anne Tyler gives us a story about what it is to be an American, and about Maryam Yazdan, who after thirty-five years in this country must finally come to terms with her 'outsiderness.'

    Digging To America by Anne Tyler: Book summary

  • As he was originally written, and as Leonard Nimoy started off playing him, Spock dealt with his outsiderness by trying to erase one cause of it.

    It's Kirk the Explorer not Kirk the Rebel

  • Michael got soaked, Pam and Andy got maybed, and Jim got a taste of outsiderness.

    'The Office' recap: A fish out of water | EW.com

  • This gave him a unique perspective on outsiderness: preaching the Gospel wasn't exactly a route to peer acceptance for a black teenager in the 1960s.

    The Reinvention of the Reverend

  • The old bitterness rose in me, the feeling of detachment, of outsiderness.

    Bleeding Violet

  • Her Wasilla plain-speak and political outsiderness, so obviously uninformed by the elite universities of the liberal Northeast or the halls of power in Washington, contrastingly telegraphed to the media that however serious or unserious she was about her faith, it was probably scarier than even they could imagine.

    LOSING OUR RELIGION

  • Do the stories they tell work to assuage their feelings of outsiderness, or even to reconfigure them as the insiders and the people who are natives as the outsiders?

    Archive 2010-04-01

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