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.
Recent Examples on the Web The move sparked outcry that tech censorship has overstepped its bounds, with one op-ed likening it to how Iran or North Korea operate. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Project Veritas permanently suspended from Twitter as James O'Keefe faces temporary lock for violating rules," 11 Feb. 2021 The decision to cut the teams sparked outcry among athletes. Lisa Rathke, ajc, "Dartmouth reinstates 5 sports, accused of violating Title IX," 29 Jan. 2021 Mexico's Covid-19 czar, known for urging people to stay home, has sparked an outcry after he was photographed at an oceanfront restaurant. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Tuesday, January 5," 5 Jan. 2021 The killings sparked a global outcry over a lack of accountability for American contractors in war zones, with Blackwater emerging as the most notorious example. Washington Post, "In Iraq, Trump’s Blackwater pardons meet with cynicism, fatigue," 23 Dec. 2020 Throughout the pandemic, uneven availability of personal protective equipment and other supplies has sparked an outcry. James Paton, Bloomberg.com, "Operation Warp Speed and U.K. Vaccine Drive Leave Europe Behind," 3 Dec. 2020 Stories of children in cages sparked public outcry, and a subsequent court order compelled the government to reunite families. Lucy Bassett, Scientific American, "Our Immigration Policy Has Done Terrible Damage to Kids," 1 Dec. 2020 That sparked an outcry from viewers who were accustomed to annually tuning in on network TV. NBC News, "Charlie Brown holiday specials will air on TV, after all," 19 Nov. 2020 At one point, Grete was reminded of a documentary that had sparked an outcry in Denmark. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Last Children of Down Syndrome," 18 Nov. 2020

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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 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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