out·​rage | \ ˈau̇t-ˌrāj How to pronounce outrage (audio) \

Definition of outrage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act of violence or brutality arranged outrages and assassinations— Anthony West
2a : injury, insult do no outrages on silly women or poor passengers— William Shakespeare
b : an act that violates accepted standards of behavior or taste an outrage alike against decency and dignity— John Buchan
3 : the anger and resentment aroused by injury or insult Many people expressed outrage at the court's decision.


outraged; outraging

Definition of outrage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : rape
b : to violate the standards or principles of he has outraged respectability past endurance— John Braine
2 : to arouse anger or resentment in usually by some grave offense was outraged by the accusation

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Synonyms: Verb

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offend, outrage, affront, insult mean to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment. offend need not imply an intentional hurting but it may indicate merely a violation of the victim's sense of what is proper or fitting. hoped that my remarks had not offended her outrage implies offending beyond endurance and calling forth extreme feelings. outraged by their accusations affront implies treating with deliberate rudeness or contemptuous indifference to courtesy. deeply affronted by his callousness insult suggests deliberately causing humiliation, hurt pride, or shame. insulted every guest at the party

Examples of outrage in a Sentence

Noun Many people expressed outrage at the court's decision. Public outrage over the scandal was great. The rule is an outrage against women. This is an outrage! I won't allow this kind of behavior to continue. Verb His comments outraged nearly everyone in the room. the spiteful comment outraged her so much that she's still holding a grudge See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To Wall, her son’s conspiracy charge of marijuana trafficking was an outrage, even if the evidence against him was substantial. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Obviously, Biden was trying to convey that the NRSC wants to raise taxes on you, Mr. and Mrs. Middle Class, but that isn’t the outrage. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 6 May 2022 There was also fresh outrage over Shanghai's policy requiring all Covid-positive patients to be isolated in facilities -- even young children and babies. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 There was outrage on the right for recusal, and the attorney general recused herself. NBC News, 27 Mar. 2022 There was outrage from journalists and critics, but Handke doubled down. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Remember this time last year, when there was near-universal outrage directed at the NCAA for its condescending and sexist view of the women’s basketball tournament and the athletes playing in it? Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2022 Within China, the biggest threat to state media’s upbeat tone has been public outrage about the plight of a woman who was found chained by the neck in a shed after likely being sold as a bride. Christian Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Feb. 2022 There has been no public outrage about the ongoing genocide nor about the Olympics again occurring in a country that is home to concentration camps. Michael Mazza, National Review, 8 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Deporting him would outrage opinion across the world. Tim Soutphommasane And Marc Stears, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 Government approval of the eviction would outrage Mr. Bennett’s supporters, who believe that settlements in the West Bank are essential to Israel’s security and, for many, that the territory was among the lands promised to Jews by God. New York Times, 24 June 2021 The repeal of Section 230 could result in a system in which inflammatory or provocative news or images that might outrage or incite people could be deemed too socially destructive or disturbing of the peace by internet companies. Michael J. Socolow, The Conversation, 22 Apr. 2021 This is a fun way to outrage your pointing-dog friends. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 4 Dec. 2020 Those are the kinds of facts that will outrage the public. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 1 Oct. 2020 What outraged the colonists even more was the Crown’s restrictive trade laws and especially the harsh, militarized manner in which they were enforced. Peter Andreas, Washington Post, 3 July 2018 This outrages people who believe the role of thrift shop charities is to transfer clothes to the needy. Alden Wicker, Newsweek, 1 Sep. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of outrage


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for outrage

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French utrage, outrage insult, excess, from outre, utre beyond, from Latin ultra — more at ultra-

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21 May 2022

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“Outrage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrage. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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out·​rage | \ ˈau̇t-ˌrāj How to pronounce outrage (audio) \

Kids Definition of outrage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : angry feelings caused by a hurtful, unjust, or insulting act
2 : an act that is hurtful or unjust or shows disrespect for a person's feelings


outraged; outraging

Kids Definition of outrage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cause to feel anger or strong resentment We were outraged by the way we were treated.
2 : to cause to suffer great insult Her words outraged his dignity.


out·​rage | \ ˈau̇t-ˌrāj How to pronounce outrage (audio) \

Legal Definition of outrage

1 : a deeply offensive or violent act
2 : the tort of intentionally inflicting emotional distress

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