noun out·rage \ˈat-ˌrāj\

: extreme anger : a strong feeling of unhappiness because of something bad, hurtful, or morally wrong

: something that hurts people or is morally wrong

Full Definition of OUTRAGE

:  an act of violence or brutality
a :  injury, insult <do no outrages on silly women or poor passengers — Shakespeare>
b :  an act that violates accepted standards of behavior or taste <an outrage alike against decency and dignity — John Buchan>
:  the anger and resentment aroused by injury or insult

Examples of OUTRAGE

  1. Many people expressed outrage at the court's decision.
  2. Public outrage over the scandal was great.
  3. The rule is an outrage against women.
  4. This is an outrage! I won't allow this kind of behavior to continue.

Origin of OUTRAGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French utrage, outrage insult, excess, from outre, utre beyond, from Latin ultra — more at ultra-
First Known Use: 14th century



: to make (someone) very angry


Full Definition of OUTRAGE

transitive verb
a :  rape
b :  to violate the standards or principles of <he has outraged respectability past endurance — John Braine>
:  to arouse anger or resentment in usually by some grave offense <was outraged by the accusation>

Examples of OUTRAGE

  1. His comments outraged nearly everyone in the room.
  2. <the spiteful comment outraged her so much that she's still holding a grudge>

First Known Use of OUTRAGE



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