what is difference between friendless and outcast
From Middle English frendles, from Old English frēondlēas; equivalent to friend + -less.
friendless (not comparable)
- Without friends (without a friend).
- The friendless girl cries frequently.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈaʊtkɑːst/ (noun, adjective); /aʊtˈkɑːst/ (verb)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈaʊtkæst/ (noun, adjective); /aʊtˈkæst/ (verb)
- Homophone: outcaste
From Middle English outcasten, equivalent to out- + cast.
outcast (third-person singular simple present outcasts, present participle outcasting, simple past and past participle outcast)
- To cast out; to banish. [from 14th c.]
outcast (comparative more outcast, superlative most outcast)
- That has been cast out; banished, ostracized. [from 14th c.]
From Middle English outcaste, outecaste, equivalent to out- + cast.
outcast (plural outcasts)
- One that has been excluded from a society or system, a pariah. [from 14th c.]
- Synonyms: outsider, vagrant, exile, beggar
- (more generally) Someone who does not belong; a misfit.
- (Scotland) A quarrel.
- The amount of increase in bulk of grain in malting.
- See also Thesaurus:outcast
- acts out, cast out, outacts