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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Yoshino, who grew up in Modesto, attracted attention in January, when she was suspended by a previous editor, a move that prompted an outcry from the newsroom, which quickly mobilized in support of her. Meg James, latimes.com, "Los Angeles Times installs new leadership team that includes Scott Kraft, Kris Viesselman and Kimi Yoshino," 10 July 2018 Trump issued an executive order reversing his own family separation policy, but around 2,000 children have been removed from their relatives, prompting an outcry for action. Ken Thomas, chicagotribune.com, "Trump says he didn't push House GOP on immigration. His tweets say otherwise.," 30 June 2018 Stories of migrant children mixed into the adult jail population proliferated in the local press of borderland communities, often prompting public outcry. Brianna Nofil, Time, "Family Separation Is Officially Over, but History Suggests the U.S. Won't Find a Good Solution for Migrant Children," 28 June 2018 So far, about 2,000 children have been separated from their parents, prompting an outcry at home and abroad. Chico Harlan And William Branigin, Houston Chronicle, "Pope Francis criticizes Trump's family-separation policy, says 'populism is not the solution'," 20 June 2018 Holcomb hired the outside group under a $146,630 contract to study DCS after Director Mary Beth Bonaventura resigned in a scathing letter in December, prompting public outcry. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Holcomb dedicates $25 million from state's surplus to help DCS after six-month review," 18 June 2018 The incident happened in January 2016, but the unedited video was released almost two years later, prompting an outcry on social media. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Charges dropped against Robert Johnson, man brutally beaten by Mesa police," 14 June 2018 Four seniors were killed in the Valentine's Day massacre, which prompted an outcry for changes to gun laws from the students who survived the shooting. Editors, USA TODAY, "Stoneman Marjory Douglas High School graduation, NBA Finals: 5 things to know this weekend," 2 June 2018 Plans to convert a motel near Imperial Beach into housing for chronically homeless low-level criminals prompted similar public outcry last fall before eventually getting City Council approval. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Proposed complex for homeless people is causing an uproar in Clairemont," 27 Apr. 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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