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[n. out-krahy; v., out-krahy] /n. ˈaʊtˌkraɪ; v., ˌaʊtˈkraɪ/
noun, plural outcries.
1.
a strong and usually public expression of protest, indignation, or the like.
2.
a crying out.
3.
loud clamor.
4.
an auction.
verb (used with object), outcried, outcrying.
5.
to outdo in crying; cry louder than.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see out-, cry
Synonyms
3. uproar, commotion.
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Examples from the web for outcry
  • The outcry over this epidemic, until recently, has been muted.
  • The public outcry against the planned hunt was so intense that it was canceled.
  • Amid public outcry and government regulations, companies are spending millions to clean up the ponds and reclaim the land.
  • As with onshore wind farms, there is frequent public outcry over the placement of power pylons.
  • But when it comes from the left there is no outcry and sadly no surprise.
  • Those changes provoked a similar outcry from college professors nationwide.
  • It's interesting to me what gets blamed in the eternal outcry about how students don't study enough.
  • It may even be the employer that starts the public outcry and witch hunt in the first place.
  • Re-instate the draft, except this time the soldiers are never in the line of fire, so there won't be any public outcry.
  • The ruling triggered a wholly predictable-but admirably spunky-outcry from the nation's cheer community.
British Dictionary definitions for outcry

outcry

noun (ˈaʊtˌkraɪ) (pl) -cries
1.
a widespread or vehement protest
2.
clamour; uproar
3.
(commerce) a method of trading in which dealers shout out bids and offers at a prearranged meeting: sale by open outcry
verb (ˌaʊtˈkraɪ) -cries, -crying, -cried
4.
(transitive) to cry louder or make more noise than (someone or something)
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Word Origin and History for outcry
n.

mid-14c., "act of crying aloud," from out + cry (v.). In metaphoric sense of "public protest," first attested 1911 in George Bernard Shaw.

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