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

Definition of outcry

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web His arrest sparked an international outcry, with supporters including human rights groups and A-list celebrities campaigning for his freedom. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 16 May 2022 Shanghai, the country's most populous and cosmopolitan city, is reeling from a six-week lockdown that has sparked public outcry, while the capital Beijing has shut schools, restaurants and rolled out frequent mass testing to curb its outbreak. Nectar Gan, CNN, 11 May 2022 The video sparked a national outcry over the young Black man’s death at the hands of three white pursuers. Russ Bynum, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 The video sparked a national outcry over the young Black man's death at the hands of three white pursuers. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 5 May 2022 That sparked an outcry from some employees, and Disney reversed course and spoke out against the bill. Emily Glazer, WSJ, 1 May 2022 The video released by Grand Rapids police sparked a national outcry and calls for justice. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 14 Apr. 2022 Photos of a pregnant woman who was wounded during the attack, and later died, sparked international outcry when they were published. Nimah Quadri, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 The two also represented the family of George Floyd, whose killing in May 2020 sparked a national outcry. NBC News, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outcry

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

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“Outcry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcry. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for outcry


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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