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

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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First Known Use of outrageous

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

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23 May 2022

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“Outrageous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrageous. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for outrageous


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.


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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