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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In other words, in a world full of stories and claims about the next big transformation in medicine, did the claims made by Theranos stand out as that outrageous, unbelievable, or in need of extra scrutiny? Michael J. Joyner, STAT, "Why was Theranos so believable? Medicine needs to look in the mirror," 24 May 2018 My tester was $44,315, which did not seem outrageous for the completeness of the driving experience. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volvo XC40: Small but packed with innovation," 27 Apr. 2018 Meghan stars as the lead female character Dana, a party girl, on an outrageous LA night out. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "One of Meghan Markle's Pre-Royal Acting Roles is Set for Re-Release," 18 Feb. 2019 Her ex-boyfriend has made some pretty outrageous claims. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gabriella Windsor, the Latest Royal to Get Engaged, Has a Pretty Controversial Family," 19 Sep. 2018 The conspiracy theory became infamous for spreading outrageous claims involving government agencies coordinating to thwart President Donald Trump’s agenda. Emily Jacobs, Fox News, "Reddit bans QAnon conspiracy theory forums," 13 Sep. 2018 Jones gleefully flouts the rules of journalistic ethics, regularly making outrageous claims without a shred of evidence. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Op-ed: Alex Jones is a crackpot—but banning him from Facebook might be a bad idea [Updated]," 6 Aug. 2018 That group, which included Rockhurst University alum George Wendt, would make outrageous claims about coach Mike Ditka and the Bears. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes on preseason hype: 'You've got to embrace it.'," 14 June 2018 Elkins said other outrageous claims have been made against him by a faction of residents not happy with his 2011 election and the changes he's brought to City Hall. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "Cop's affidavit describes salacious behavior by Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of outrageous

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

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The first known use of outrageous was in the 14th century

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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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