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 To have snubbed Eddie Murphy in one of the marquee performances of his career was outrageous. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Oscar nominations 2020: It's not #OscarsSoWhite, but it's not good enough," 13 Jan. 2020 Remainers insisted that many Brexit campaigners were overt racists, and that the Leave campaign was—much like Trumpism—normalizing forms of racist expression that would have been considered outrageous only a few years before. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 The idea that a legitimate investigation into the misconduct of a public official is in any way abuse is outrageous. Christine Flowers, Twin Cities, "Christine M. Flowers: Rep. Katie Hill resigned because she behaved unethically, ‘revenge porn’ aside," 4 Nov. 2019 Life is tough all over for adults, and to put a dollar amount or shareholder package before the youth of a community is outrageous. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Strike puts teachers first; Health care cost shifting, again; In defense of Kroenke," 16 Oct. 2019 Basically, since LaVar Ball broke onto the scene as the outlandish father of then-UCLA guard Lonzo Ball three years ago, ESPN and FS1 jumped at the opportunity to give him a platform to say outrageous things. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Report: ESPN plans to stop featuring LaVar Ball after his inappropriate remark to Molly Qerim," 19 June 2019 Legal experts say the city's sluggish response is outrageous. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "City of Detroit sits on records request for Make Your Date emails for 6 months," 18 Nov. 2019 The strike rates of both players have just been outrageous. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 29: Josef Martinez's Injury a Game-Changer as Playoffs Near," 23 Sep. 2019 This nekkidly narcissistic president who has never in his whole life been held accountable for anything, commits at least a dozen outrageous offenses every morning before breakfast. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Emperor Trump: Tattoo’d, rude and in an impeachable mood," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of outrageous

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

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outrageous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrageous. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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outrageous

adjective
How to pronounce outrageous (audio)

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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