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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When Prada, Gucci and Burberry recently apologized for using racist imagery that drew an outcry online and calls for boycotts, discussion surged about the fashion industry’s strained history with blacks. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "A Fashion Insider Pushes for Diversity," 25 Mar. 2019 If Sephora was on the fence about continuing their relationship with Olivia Jade, public outcry might have made the decision easy. Marci Robin, Allure, "Sephora Cuts Ties With Lori Loughlin's Daughter Olivia Jade Over College-Admission Bribery Charges," 14 Mar. 2019 Bovan sent models out in madcap proportions and glossy pouts that faded from burgundy to fluorescent coral, while Westwood gave celebs like Rose McGowan a cherry bomb shade for their poetic outcries on climate change. Vogue, "The Statement Lip Is London’s Street Style Beauty Takeaway," 20 Feb. 2019 Once orders for the set began shipping to players, their outcry prompted Bethesda to respond with a token of apology: a $5 voucher for Fallout 76's in-game cosmetics store. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Bethesda’s attempt to fix a Fallout 76 blunder leaks angry shoppers’ PID [Updated]," 5 Dec. 2018 Images via Dezeen After Hotel Okura, Tokyo’s 1960s icon, was partially demolished in 2015 to make way for renovations, an outcry of disappointment rippled through architecture and design circles. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Tokyo’s iconic Hotel Okura to reopen in 2019 after renovations," 13 July 2018 Following the outcry, a number of advertisers dropped her show. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "'Full Frontal' host Samantha Bee reveals one regret after calling Ivanka Trump 'feckless c---'," 21 Aug. 2018 Following an international outcry, President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 halting the separations. Miriam Jordan, The Seattle Times, "More than 450 migrant parents may have been deported without their children," 24 July 2018 Celebrity Big Brother aired during the slot that is usually held by NCIS on Tuesday, and there was an outcry from people who missed Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his team of masterminds. Megan Stein, Country Living, "CBS Sparks Outrage Among 'NCIS' Fans After Temporarily Replacing the Show," 23 Jan. 2019

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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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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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