out·cry | \ˈau̇t-ˌkrī \

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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As Trump’s list tightened, there was some internal concern that the president’s options could be narrowed by the public outcry — particularly what had appeared to be mounting conservative reservations about Kavanaugh. BostonGlobe.com, "Announcement of Trump’s Supreme Court choice nears," 8 July 2018 Reports of rapes of women highlight the persistence of such violence in India despite a public outcry following the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi. Washington Post, "Indian police arrest principal, 5 others in rape of student," 7 July 2018 As Trump's list tightened, there was some internal concern that the president's options could be narrowed by the public outcry — particularly what had appeared to be mounting conservative reservations about Kavanaugh. Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller And Ken Thomas, Houston Chronicle, "Trump weighs 2 or 3 candidates for court, to meet with Pence," 6 July 2018 Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, who has faced mounting public outcry over multiple ethics scandals, has resigned from his position, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. NBC News, "Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid ethics scandals," 5 July 2018 Amid growing public outcry, Trump reversed his policy last week, ordering parents and children to stay together in detention centers after the parents are charged with crossing the border illegally. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Congress leaves town without voting on fix to stop family separations at border," 29 June 2018 There was significant public outcry when this occurred, said Kim Curry-Evans, Scottsdale Public Art director. Zahra Ahmad, azcentral, "Loop 101 expansion threatens gargantuan lizards decorating the Scottsdale freeway," 25 June 2018 Huerta recalled fasting with Robert F. Kennedy, credited the recent public outcry with forcing Trump to backtrack on his new policy, and said continued protests are the only way to ensure families are reunited. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Kerry Kennedy and Dolores Huerta rally supporters of immigrant family reunification," 23 June 2018 Google responded to a firestorm of employee resignations and public outcry surrounding a Defense Department deal. Hamza Shaban, courant.com, "Amazon Employees Demand Company Cut Ties With ICE," 22 June 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 \
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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evasion of direct action or statement

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