out·​cry | \ ˈau̇t-ˌkrī How to pronounce outcry (audio) \

Definition of outcry

1a : a loud cry : clamor
b : a vehement protest
2 : auction

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Examples of outcry in a Sentence

They were surprised by the outcry against the casino proposal. There was a lot of public outcry over his racial comments.

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On Fire On August 25, Brazil deployed troops to fight the fires, which have prompted an international outcry. Amy Gunia, Time, "H&M Suspends Leather Purchases From Brazil Over Amazon Fires," 6 Sep. 2019 Both companies changed those policies after worker outcries. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Gig workers deliver peanuts to DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates as symbol of their pay," 5 Sep. 2019 Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the world*s largest rainforest. Anna Jean Kaiser, chicagotribune.com, "Is the Amazon really ‘the lungs’ of planet Earth? No, it’s more like our sink.," 27 Aug. 2019 The Brazilian military is deploying troops to the Amazon to fight the massive wildfires that have swept the region and sparked an international outcry. Fox News, "Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires," 25 Aug. 2019 Just the FAQs, USA TODAY Amid an international outcry and protests at home over the proliferation of fires in the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government has sent 44,000 troops to combat the environmentally damaging blazes. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Pressure, prayers and protests: Amazon fires push Brazil to the forefront of international conversations," 22 Aug. 2019 However, Japan withdrew from the International Whaling Commission in December and resumed commercial hunting in its territorial waters and economic zone despite international outcry. Ivan Watson And Michelle Lou, CNN, "Commercial whaling has been banned for three decades. Japan just resumed it with two kills," 2 July 2019 Despite international outcry, the government refuses to let those innocents go. Helen Raleigh, National Review, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen, China Is Still Unwilling to Tell the Truth," 4 June 2019 More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents by U.S. immigration authorities at the border this spring before President Donald Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an international outcry. Author: Elliot Spagat, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal judge denies Trump administration’s request to indefinitely detain families," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of outcry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of outcry

: an expression of strong anger or disapproval by many people : a reaction showing that people are angry or unhappy about something


out·​cry | \ ˈau̇t-ˌkrī How to pronounce outcry (audio) \
plural outcries

Kids Definition of outcry

1 : a loud and excited shout
2 : a strong protest Students raised an outcry against the new rules.

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