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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Last year, YouTube provoked a public outcry for hosting videos that depicted dark, twisted content aimed specifically at children; in the days following several damning reports, dozens of these videos, representing billions of views, were deleted. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The co-founder of a prominent tween girl YouTube network has been arrested for molesting a minor," 24 Sep. 2018 Images and recordings of children crying in detention centers after being taken from their parents have provoked national outcry. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Protesters rally in Rittenhouse Square, Senior Week puts the 'wild' in Wildwood | Morning Newsletter," 20 June 2018 The region's newspapers featured front-page articles about Trump's immigration policy provoking an outcry in the United States. Javier Arce, azcentral, "Central American media focus on family separation crisis seemingly less acute than in U.S.," 20 June 2018 Nowadays, Jake Marisnick's mere presence on the Astros' lineup card provokes social media outcry from fans wondering why the outfielder with such profound offensive struggles and elite defense continues to warrant playing time. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Jake Marisnick gets start for Astros as he looks for offensive spark," 14 June 2018 In 2016, a teen spray painted an 8-foot-tall prom invitation onto the Black Cliffs outside Boise, Idaho, provoking outcry from the community and a potential federal charge. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Colorado National monument vandalized in 'promposal' ask," 12 June 2018 Yet the move has provoked a strong outcry, both from free speech advocates and political parties across the ideological spectrum in Germany. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is Germany’s bold new law a way to clean up the internet or is it stifling free expression?," 8 Apr. 2018 News of the lower legislature's vote has provoked an international outcry. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Controversy Around Poland’s Proposed Ban on the Term “Polish Death Camps”," 29 Jan. 2018 The 2015 incident, where members of a mostly black women’s book group said they were kicked off the train for talking too loudly and later filed a lawsuit, provoked an outcry. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Napa’s Wine Train speeds up — but can it match new owners’ ambitions?," 13 Jan. 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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