out·​rage | \ ˈau̇t-ˌrāj How to pronounce outrage (audio) \

Definition of outrage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act of violence or brutality arranged outrages and assassinations— Anthony West
2a : injury, insult do no outrages on silly women or poor passengers— William Shakespeare
b : an act that violates accepted standards of behavior or taste an outrage alike against decency and dignity— John Buchan
3 : the anger and resentment aroused by injury or insult Many people expressed outrage at the court's decision.


outraged; outraging

Definition of outrage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : rape
b : to violate the standards or principles of he has outraged respectability past endurance— John Braine
2 : to arouse anger or resentment in usually by some grave offense was outraged by the accusation

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Synonyms for outrage

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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offend, outrage, affront, insult mean to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment. 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 outrage implies offending beyond endurance and calling forth extreme feelings. outraged by their accusations affront implies treating with deliberate rudeness or contemptuous indifference to courtesy. deeply affronted by his callousness insult suggests deliberately causing humiliation, hurt pride, or shame. insulted every guest at the party

Examples of outrage in a Sentence

Noun Many people expressed outrage at the court's decision. Public outrage over the scandal was great. The rule is an outrage against women. This is an outrage! I won't allow this kind of behavior to continue. Verb His comments outraged nearly everyone in the room. the spiteful comment outraged her so much that she's still holding a grudge
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Your outrage and voice for social justice is inspiring, and your words have changed the thinking of millions. Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2021 Still, players like Rapinoe, Meghan Klingenberg and dozens of others were using social media to make their outrage known. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Still, there’s a fear of repercussion, Marino and Solomon say, for those who express their outrage. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 For many readers outside the industry, Drudge represented an alternative to the media and political establishment that so many resented – fueling their outrage with stories about President Obama’s birth certificate. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, 21 Sep. 2021 Wray plans to deliver a scathing statement at Wednesday's hearing, which will address his outrage over what happened in the Nassar investigation, sources briefed on his remarks tell CBS News. Jeff Pegues, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2021 Mainstream outlets appeared to take their cues from Democratic lawmakers, who have chosen to stay silent on Elder's attack despite their online outrage and public condolences for Smollett in 2019. Yael Halon, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2021 But Republicans quickly expressed their outrage at the White House Thursday after the attack on Americans. Melanie Zanona, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 Some customers took to social media to express their outrage, calling on local officials to take immediate action. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 16 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Government approval of the eviction would outrage Mr. Bennett’s supporters, who believe that settlements in the West Bank are essential to Israel’s security and, for many, that the territory was among the lands promised to Jews by God. New York Times, 24 June 2021 The repeal of Section 230 could result in a system in which inflammatory or provocative news or images that might outrage or incite people could be deemed too socially destructive or disturbing of the peace by internet companies. Michael J. Socolow, The Conversation, 22 Apr. 2021 Collins responded Saturday to outrage over the tweets, saying her words had been were misunderstood. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2021 This is a fun way to outrage your pointing-dog friends. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 4 Dec. 2020 Those are the kinds of facts that will outrage the public. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 1 Oct. 2020 The mood in the country had turned from the anxious sadness surrounding covid-19 to outrage over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 10 July 2020 Will outrage lead to lasting change? Pushed by a left-leaning workforce, big tech now regularly takes an activist stance on important issues, from immigration to the pandemic. The Economist, 20 June 2020 Pointing to outrage in the community, Brooks again called for Sanders to resign. Sarah Fowler, USA TODAY, 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of outrage


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for outrage

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French utrage, outrage insult, excess, from outre, utre beyond, from Latin ultra — more at ultra-

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“Outrage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrage. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outrage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extreme anger : a strong feeling of unhappiness because of something bad, hurtful, or morally wrong
: something that hurts people or is morally wrong



English Language Learners Definition of outrage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) very angry


out·​rage | \ ˈau̇t-ˌrāj How to pronounce outrage (audio) \

Kids Definition of outrage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : angry feelings caused by a hurtful, unjust, or insulting act
2 : an act that is hurtful or unjust or shows disrespect for a person's feelings


outraged; outraging

Kids Definition of outrage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cause to feel anger or strong resentment We were outraged by the way we were treated.
2 : to cause to suffer great insult Her words outraged his dignity.


out·​rage | \ ˈau̇t-ˌrāj How to pronounce outrage (audio) \

Legal Definition of outrage

1 : a deeply offensive or violent act
2 : the tort of intentionally inflicting emotional distress

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