outrageous

adjective
out·​ra·​geous | \ (ˌ)au̇t-ˈrā-jəs How to pronounce outrageous (audio) \

Definition of outrageous

1a : exceeding the limits of what is usual the outrageous weather we have been afflicted withNew Yorker outrageous prices
b : not conventional or matter-of-fact : fantastic outrageous costumes an outrageous tale
2 : violent, unrestrained outrageous behavior
3a : going beyond all standards of what is right or decent an outrageous disregard of human rights
b : deficient in propriety (see propriety sense 2a) or good taste outrageous language outrageous manners

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Other Words from outrageous

outrageously adverb
outrageousness noun

Examples of outrageous in a Sentence

They will be punished for their outrageous behavior. This is outrageous! I will not put up with such treatment. She's known for her wild hairdos and outrageous costumes. At first it seemed like an outrageous idea, but then we realized that it wasn't so crazy after all. The article makes some outrageous claims about her personal life.
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Recent Examples on the Web At the time, its attempt to speak to the politics of the moment seemed too exaggerated, too outrageous, and not substantive enough to say anything meaningful. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "What American Horror Story: Cult Got Right — and Very Wrong — About the Trump Era," 1 Feb. 2021 From the jaw-dropping fashion to the outrageous and over-the-top parties, this show really does have it all. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Christine Chiu Dropped a Major Bombshell About Season 2 of 'Bling Empire'," 23 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, Trump’s remaining loyalists make ever more outrageous and inflammatory demands. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The President Is Acting Crazy, so Why Are We Shrugging It Off?," 3 Dec. 2020 An amateur government watchdog who has been following Weidner's case closely, Harry Wait, called Kerkman's rulings outrageous. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New judge, same ruling: Racine city PowerPoint about former alderman remains secret," 26 Oct. 2020 When the broadcast crew can call out what’s coming, and in a situation at the end of the first half where the hands team probably needed to be on the field anyway, losing a possession is outrageous. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "10 takeaways from Oregon’s loss to Iowa State in Fiesta Bowl," 4 Jan. 2021 What will a less outrageous presidency mean for news coverage (and ratings)? Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, "TV in 2021: What we're predicting (and anticipating) as the new year begins," 6 Jan. 2021 The wonderfully outrageous tale of Pippi, Tommy, and Annika’s new neighbor. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 But despite some changes, the trappings of a regular drag show — the flawless makeup, the outrageous wigs, the high heels — are still there. Dallas News, "‘It’s a struggle’: How Dallas’ drag queens are making it work in the COVID-19 pandemic," 3 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of outrageous

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

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16 Feb 2021

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“Outrageous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrageous. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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outrageous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of outrageous

: very bad or wrong in a way that causes anger : too bad to be accepted or allowed
: very strange or unusual : surprising or shocking

outrageous

adjective
out·​ra·​geous | \ au̇t-ˈrā-jəs How to pronounce outrageous (audio) \

Kids Definition of outrageous

1 : extremely annoying, insulting, or shameful Her lies are outrageous.
2 : very strange or unusual They wore outrageous costumes.

outrageous

adjective
out·​ra·​geous | \ au̇t-ˈrā-jəs How to pronounce outrageous (audio) \

Legal Definition of outrageous

: going beyond standards of decency : utterly intolerable in a civilized society outrageous conduct

Other Words from outrageous

outrageously adverb
outrageousness noun

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