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1outrage

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

1
:  an act of violence or brutality
2
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>
3
:  the anger and resentment aroused by injury or insult
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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

2outrage

verb

: to make (someone) very angry

out·ragedout·rag·ing

Full Definition of OUTRAGE

transitive verb
1
a :  rape
b :  to violate the standards or principles of <he has outraged respectability past endurance — John Braine>
2
:  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

1590

Synonym Discussion of OUTRAGE

offend, outrage, affront, insult mean to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment. offend need not imply an intentional hurting but it may indicate merely a violation of the victim's sense of what is proper or fitting <hoped that my remarks had not offended her>. outrage implies offending beyond endurance and calling forth extreme feelings <outraged by their accusations>. affront implies treating with deliberate rudeness or contemptuous indifference to courtesy <deeply affronted by his callousness>. insult suggests deliberately causing humiliation, hurt pride, or shame <insulted every guest at the party>.
OUTRAGING Defined for Kids

1outrage

noun out·rage \ˈat-ˌrāj\

Definition of OUTRAGE for Kids

1
:  angry feelings caused by a hurtful, unjust, or insulting act
2
:  an act that is hurtful or unjust or shows disrespect for a person's feelings

2outrage

verb
out·ragedout·rag·ing

Definition of OUTRAGE for Kids

1
:  to cause to feel anger or strong resentment <We were outraged by the way we were treated.>
2
:  to cause to suffer great insult <Her words outraged his dignity.>

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