outrage

noun
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.

outrage

verb
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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Verb

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The subpoenas drew outrage when the Lens, a local investigative news site, reported on them a couple of years ago. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Long Shielded From Lawsuits, Prosecutors Face Scrutiny After Fake Subpoenas," 5 Feb. 2020 If anything, the say impeachment is a stamp of approval for their long-simmering outrage. Andrea Zelinski, ExpressNews.com, "‘So divided we can’t think straight.’ How 26 Texas women view Trump’s impeachment.," 28 Jan. 2020 The public can of course express their outrage by not seeing his films. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Mel Gibson’s 2020 Is Loaded With Projects. But, Uh, Wasn’t He Cancelled?," 22 Jan. 2020 But the incident has drawn outrage online, with many questioning why sinkholes keep appearing in Chinese cities. Nectar Gan, CNN, "Enormous sinkhole swallows bus and passengers in China, killing at least 6 people," 14 Jan. 2020 The lawsuit drew outrage in Oregon and elsewhere from nonprofit organizations that support child abuse victims. oregonlive, "Child molester’s wife sues Mormon church for $9.5 million, says husband is in prison because clergy reported his confession," 8 Jan. 2020 But their outrage—and the backlash to it—reveals existential questions about the very nature of open source. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "The Schism at the Heart of the Open-Source Movement," 3 Jan. 2020 Fans and other celebrities immediately took to social media to show their love and support for Union, and their outrage over the firing. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Larry Sims Posts Heartwarming Tribute To Gabrielle Union After 'America's Got Talent' Firing," 2 Dec. 2019 Last spring, a racist, homophobic Snapchat message targeting four students on two tickets for student body president and vice president at UW-Oshkosh drew outrage and sparked an investigation into a student. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Eau Claire suspends five football players for racist Snapchat conversation that used KKK image," 20 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Five Epstein accusers said they were outraged over Prince Andrew's alleged refusal to help federal investigators. Elizabeth Elkind, CBS News, ""Growing frustration" in royal family over Prince Andrew's role in Epstein investigation," 29 Jan. 2020 If the institution that had left him high and dry had been a for-profit college, we might be outraged by similar practices. Erin Valdez, National Review, "No, You Don’t ‘Have to Go to College to Become a Welder’," 2 Dec. 2019 President Donald Trump has with characteristic grace yielded to outrage over his attempt to grab hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of taxpayer dollars to make an overbuilt property of his bigly profitable. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Monet’s art is beauty and that should be enough; Trump’s Doral flip-flop (10/23/19)," 23 Oct. 2019 The nine-message thread hit all the usual notes Republican leaders use in such situations, from frustration over political correctness to outrage over what Ducey deemed an insult to patriotism and American history. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Who was Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's intended audience for Betsy Ross flag tweets?," 2 July 2019 In fact, in 1749, Baron Hårleman, the high commissioner of agriculture in Sweden, was outraged when the already famous biologist Carl Linnaeus wrote about traditional Swedish practices of burning as a farming practice. Popular Science, "The fire ‘time bomb’ is finally detonating on the world," 7 Jan. 2020 Viewers were outraged when the series got the nix, and their passionate outcries eventually led to the renewal on its new network. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Fans Caught an Awkward Mistake That Was Circulating About the Show," 5 Jan. 2020 Others were outraged that Metropolitan would step up while most valley farmers have refused to contribute. Dale Kasler And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Southern California water agency backs 2 Delta tunnels in breakthrough vote," 11 Apr. 2018 While priests sometimes consider defrockings to be equivalent to a death sentence, such seemingly minor sanctions for such heinous crimes have long outraged victims, whose lives are forever scarred by their abuse. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, "Vatican office struggles to keep up with rise in clergy abuse cases," 21 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of outrage

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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“Outrage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrage. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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outrage

noun
How to pronounce outrage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of outrage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extreme anger : a strong feeling of unhappiness because of something bad, hurtful, or morally wrong
: something that hurts people or is morally wrong

outrage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of outrage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) very angry

outrage

noun
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

outrage

verb
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.

outrage

noun
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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