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
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
Cellphone video showing two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies restraining and punching an amputee has sparked outrage and demands for answers.—Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 28 Nov. 2023 When Austria two decades ago became the first nation in Western Europe to lurch to the far right since World War II, the rest of the continent roared in outrage.—Loveday Morris, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 The Vegas relocation plan has incited outrage even among those in the Bay Area who don’t claim themselves passionate A’s fans.—Hannah Wiley, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, several agents at UTA have expressed outrage internally over a recent open letter spearheaded by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and believe he should be dropped from the agency’s roster.—Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 Fans and politicians reacted to her death with outrage, speculating it was linked to extreme heat.—Diane Jeantet, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2023 Cox’s pleas for help were mocked and dismissed; that was captured on video, and public outrage ensued.—Nicholas Dawidoff, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2023 Those images were barely censored before being shown to American audiences, and prompted outrage at home.—Natasha Frost Maud Bodoukian Meyrant, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 But, otherwise, the Con betrayed little in the way of moral outrage.—Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023
The delegation from Israel was also outraged by a shocking indignity immediately after the interview outside Central Synagogue in Manhattan.—Kerry J. Byrne Fox News, Fox News, 26 Nov. 2023 Then there are Muslim Thai Malays in the south who are outraged by the killing of civilians in Gaza.—Christopher Cottrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was opened to drilling under President Donald J. Trump, a move that outraged environmentalists and overturned six decades of protections for the area, the largest remaining stretch of untouched wilderness in the United States.—Lisa Friedman, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 The first wrongful conviction that outraged Dennis Muñoz was his own.—Nelson Rauda Zablah, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Oct. 2023 The Egyptian public is outraged by the ongoing Israeli bombardment of Gaza and the potential ground offensive.—Lisa Anderson, Foreign Affairs, 25 Oct. 2023 Larry Summers, a former Harvard president, said he was outraged by Harvard’s initial silence after more than 30 student groups issued a statement blaming the attack on Israel and not Hamas, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the US and the European Union.—Janet Lorin, Fortune, 23 Oct. 2023 Lucille Ball Fans of the late comedy icon were outraged by a bronze sculpture that was created to honor Ball in her hometown of Celoron, New York.—Alex Heigl, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2023 Others are from people who did not attend but were no less appalled, and outraged, that such boorish behavior took place at the expense of so many.—George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, from Anglo-French utrage, outrage insult, excess, from outre, utre beyond, from Latin ultra — more at ultra-