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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After an outcry and scrutiny from Russia’s remaining independent media, authorities eventually conceded a lack of evidence on Tuesday. Billy Perrigo, Time, "‘He Had Powerful Enemies.’ Russian Journalist Ivan Golunov Has Been Released, But Media in Russia Still Can't Work Freely," 12 June 2019 There was outcry from creators in March 2018, which YouTube has since responded to with incremental updates to the notification system and updates on user research that may influence further change. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube is changing its notification system to address creator frustration," 11 June 2019 But, when tariffs on goods from Mexico produced an outcry from traditional Republican power bases, like the Kochs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mitch McConnell and his caucus stepped in on behalf of big business. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Corruption Is the Tie that Binds for Trump-Era Republicans," 11 June 2019 Henry Bean at the Los Angeles Times—caused an outcry at the book review there. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Bret Easton Ellis on Talking Porn With Kanye, a New Novel, and (Yes) Trump," 16 Apr. 2019 The police only agreed to investigate the killing as a homicide motivated by her gender after a rush of national media attention and outcries from her family and women’s rights groups. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "‘A Horrible Culture of Machismo’: Women Struggle With Violence in Mexico," 4 May 2019 Amidst the headlines and outcry, Black fashion designers keep doing the work: creating and advocating for more inclusive fashion through their products and every single facet of their business. Amira Rasool, Glamour, "What It Means to Be a Black Fashion Designer," 1 May 2019 Despite the outcry from users at the time, the decision proved to be a wise one. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet’s “id”," 30 Dec. 2018 Regardless of the serious charge against her, the possibility that police officers beat her during or after the arrest provoked an outcry from the LGBT community against transphobic violence. Oscar Lopez, Newsweek, "Behind Brazil's Gay Pride Parades, a Struggle With Homophobic Violence," 11 May 2015

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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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