Synonyms & Antonyms of outrage

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1 an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt another's feelings
  • the booing during the graduation speech was an outrage

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Synonyms & Antonyms of outrage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment in
  • the spiteful comment outraged her so much that she's still holding a grudge

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2 to make angry
  • the vandalism in the cemetery outraged the entire community
  • we were outraged to discover that we had been overcharged for our hotel room

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How is the word outrage distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of outrage are affront, insult, and offend. While all these words mean "to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment," outrage implies offending beyond endurance and calling forth extreme feelings.

outraged by their accusations

When can affront be used instead of outrage?

While in some cases nearly identical to outrage, affront implies treating with deliberate rudeness or contemptuous indifference to courtesy.

deeply affronted by his callousness

In what contexts can insult take the place of outrage?

The words insult and outrage can be used in similar contexts, but insult suggests deliberately causing humiliation, hurt pride, or shame.

insulted every guest at the party

When is offend a more appropriate choice than outrage?

In some situations, the words offend and outrage are roughly equivalent. However, offend need not imply an intentional hurting but it may indicate merely a violation of the victim's sense of what is proper or fitting.

hoped that my remarks had not offended her

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

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“Outrage.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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