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 Dictionary entry overview: What does outlaw mean? 

OUTLAW (noun)
  The noun OUTLAW has 1 sense:

1. someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime

  Familiarity information: OUTLAW used as a noun is very rare.

OUTLAW (adjective)
  The adjective OUTLAW has 2 senses:

1. contrary to or forbidden by law
2. disobedient to or defiant of law

  Familiarity information: OUTLAW used as an adjective is rare.

OUTLAW (verb)
  The verb OUTLAW has 1 sense:

1. declare illegal; outlaw

  Familiarity information: OUTLAW used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

OUTLAW (noun)

Sense 1outlaw [BACK TO TOP]


Someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


criminal; crook; felon; malefactor; outlaw

Hypernyms ("outlaw" is a kind of...):

offender; wrongdoer (a person who transgresses moral or civil law)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "outlaw"):

accessary; accessory (someone who helps another person commit a crime)

liquidator; manslayer; murderer (a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being))

parolee; probationer (someone released on probation or on parole)

drug dealer; drug peddler; drug trafficker; peddler; pusher (an unlicensed dealer in illegal drugs)

racketeer (someone who commits crimes for profit (especially one who obtains money by fraud or extortion))

raper; rapist (someone who forces another to have sexual intercourse)

habitual criminal; recidivist; repeater (someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior))

scofflaw (one who habitually ignores the law and does not answer court summonses)

contrabandist; moon curser; moon-curser; runner; smuggler (someone who imports or exports without paying duties)

stealer; thief (a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it)

traitor; treasonist (someone who betrays his country by committing treason)

law offender; lawbreaker; violator (someone who violates the law)

gangster's moll; gun moll; moll (the girl friend of a gangster)

mafioso (a member of the Mafia crime syndicate in the United States)

abductor; kidnaper; kidnapper; snatcher (someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom))

arsonist; firebug; incendiary (a criminal who illegally sets fire to property)

blackmailer; extortioner; extortionist (a criminal who extorts money from someone by threatening to expose embarrassing information about them)

bootlegger; moonshiner (someone who makes or sells illegal liquor)

briber; suborner (someone who pays (or otherwise incites) you to commit a wrongful act)

coconspirator; conspirator; machinator; plotter (a member of a conspiracy)

desperado; desperate criminal (a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier))

fugitive; fugitive from justice (someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice)

gangster; mobster (a criminal who is a member of gang)

highbinder (a corrupt politician)

highjacker; hijacker (someone who uses force to take over a vehicle (especially an airplane) in order to reach an alternative destination)

goon; hood; hoodlum; punk; strong-armer; thug; tough; toughie (an aggressive and violent young criminal)

Instance hyponyms:

Billie the Kid; Bonney; William H. Bonney (United States outlaw who was said to have killed 21 men (1859-1881))

James; Jesse James (United States outlaw who fought as a Confederate soldier and later led a band of outlaws that robbed trains and banks in the West until he was murdered by a member of his own gang (1847-1882))

MacGregor; Rob Roy; Robert MacGregor (Scottish clan leader and outlaw who was the subject of a 1817 novel by Sir Walter Scott (1671-1734))

OUTLAW (adjective)

Sense 1outlaw [BACK TO TOP]


Contrary to or forbidden by law


illegitimate; outlaw; outlawed; illicit; unlawful

Context examples:

an illegitimate seizure of power / illicit trade / an outlaw strike / unlawful measures


illegal (prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules)

Sense 2outlaw [BACK TO TOP]


Disobedient to or defiant of law


outlaw; lawless

Context example:

lawless bands roaming the plains


unlawful (contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law)

OUTLAW (verb)

Sense 1outlaw [BACK TO TOP]


Declare illegal; outlaw

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


outlaw; illegalize; illegalise; criminalise; criminalize

Context example:

Marijuana is criminalized in the U.S.

Hypernyms (to "outlaw" is one way to...):

disallow; forbid; interdict; prohibit; proscribe; veto (command against)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "outlaw"):

ban; censor (forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


legalize (make legal)

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