out·​ra·​geous | \ (ˌ)au̇t-ˈrā-jəs \

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 4a) 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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During an interview with Access Live, Marie may or may not have disclosed that Donny is the Peacock on the outrageous new series, The Masked Singer. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Did Marie Osmond Just Admit Her Brother Donny Is on 'The Masked Singer?'," 22 Jan. 2019 Because Trump began tweeting about it in outrageous, offensive, bizarre ways. Ezra Klein, Vox, "To beat Trump, House Democrats need to fight on policy, not just scandals," 12 Nov. 2018 Minuscule quantities of moisture, marked up at an outrageous price! Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Culture Editor's Impulse Buys: $200 of Potions, Swedish Sweets, and More," 7 Jan. 2019 So are the ’00s, with Vetements resurrecting Juicy Couture tracksuits and Y/Project making outrageous thigh-high Uggs. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 Reacting to these outrageous charges, Kavanaugh today said the following, this is ridiculous and from the twilight zone. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: The accusers' last act," 26 Sep. 2018 Portuguese journalist Marcus Alves revealed that Liverpool could have signed the Brazilian forward last summer but were put off by the behaviour and outrageous demands of his representatives. SI.com, "Liverpool Reportedly Rejected Real Madrid Target Last Summer Because of Agent's Attitude," 7 June 2018 Democrats will continue raising their outrageous spending demands, and holding out the threat of shutdown whenever the GOP doesn’t comply. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "In for a Penny, in for Impound," 29 Mar. 2018 Being a YouTuber is like living in a Wild West of outrageous content. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Meet the babysitter who helps Logan Paul stay out of trouble on YouTube," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of outrageous

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

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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


out·​ra·​geous | \ au̇t-ˈrā-jəs \

Kids Definition of outrageous

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


out·​ra·​geous | \ au̇t-ˈrā-jəs \

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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