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From Middle English outlawe, outlagh, utlaȝe, from Old English ūtlaga (“outlaw”), borrowed from Old Norse útlagi (“outlaw, fugitive”), equivalent to out- + law. Cognate with Icelandic útlagi (“outlaw”).
outlaw (plural outlaws)
- A fugitive from the law.
- (historical) A criminal who is excluded from normal legal rights; one who can be killed at will without legal penalty.
- A person who operates outside established norms.
- The main character in the play was a bit of an outlaw who refused to shake hands or say thank you.
- A wild horse.
- (humorous) An in-law: a relative by marriage.
- (slang) A prostitute who works alone, without a pimp.
- (fugitive): absconder, fugitive
- (criminal): bandit, wolfshead
- (person who operates outside established norms): anti-hero, deviant
- (criminal): For semantic relationships of this sense, see criminal in the Thesaurus.
- (prostitute): For semantic relationships of this sense, see prostitute in the Thesaurus.
a fugitive from the law
person without legal rights
- To declare illegal.
- To place a ban upon.
- 2016 August 15, “'Zombie knives' ban to come into force”, in BBC News:
- The legal change in England and Wales will outlaw selling, manufacturing, renting or importing zombie knives.
- To remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement.
- to outlaw a debt or claim
- To deprive of legal force.
- Laws outlawed by necessity. — Fuller.
to declare illegal