out·​cry | \ ˈau̇t-ˌkrī How to pronounce outcry (audio) \

Definition of outcry

1a : a loud cry : clamor
b : a vehement protest

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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 deaths, which included 66 infants and children, sparked a national outcry in Iran. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "US-Iran tensions: A timeline of incidents between two longtime rivals," 9 Jan. 2020 The murder trial against the man accused in the brazen 2018 stabbing of Nia Wilson at an Oakland BART station officially began Monday, in a case that sparked a national outcry amid speculation that the crime was racially motivated. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Trial begins in Nia Wilson murder case," 6 Jan. 2020 Some 200 suspects were detained, amid a national outcry which saw the central government impose martial law. James Griffiths, CNN, "Philippines awaits verdict in 'trial of the decade' over Maguindanao massacre," 18 Dec. 2019 The doctor’s refusal came amid a national public outcry over reports in The New York Times and elsewhere in the early 1970s that poor women, most of them black, were being involuntarily sterilized in the South. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Edna Smith Primus, Lawyer in Pivotal Rights Case, Dies at 75," 12 Dec. 2019 The death of the students sparked a national outcry, prompting Widodo to express his deep condolences and order the National Police chief to conduct a thorough investigation. Niniek Karmini, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Students resume protests in Indonesia streets over new law," 30 Sep. 2019 The incident led to a national outcry, and the town of Framingham eventually settled with the family in 2016 for $3.75 million and abolished its SWAT team. BostonGlobe.com, "That prediction became a reality last Sunday, when Wilkins appeared in his first NFL game, playing 65 snaps and making four tackles for the Dolphins in their Week 1 loss to the Ravens. This Sunday, Wilkins will be facing his hometown Patriots in Miami.," 13 Sep. 2019 The phrase became a national outcry against police brutality. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Protesters Interrupt Democratic Debate Demanding Justice For Eric Garner," 1 Aug. 2019 His death sparked a national outcry and calls to bar boys so young from fighting competitively. Shashank Bengalistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Column One: Young Thai boxer looks like a lollipop, stings like a bee," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of outcry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Outcry.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcry. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce outcry (audio)

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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