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[out-reyj] /ˈaʊt reɪdʒ/
an act of wanton cruelty or violence; any gross violation of law or decency.
anything that strongly offends, insults, or affronts the feelings.
a powerful feeling of resentment or anger aroused by something perceived as an injury, insult, or injustice:
Outrage seized the entire nation at the news of the attempted assassination.
verb (used with object), outraged, outraging.
to subject to grievous violence or indignity.
to anger or offend; make resentful; shock:
I am outraged by his whole attitude.
to offend against (right, decency, feelings, etc.) grossly or shamelessly:
Such conduct outrages our normal sense of decency.
to rape.
Origin of outrage
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French outrage, ultrage, equivalent to outr(er) to push beyond bounds (derivative of outre beyond < Latin ultrā) + -age -age
Related forms
unoutraged, adjective
2. offense, abuse, indignity. 7. violate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outrage
  • In this era of outrage over c-suite perquisites and high-flying bonuses, it's a little easy to get wrapped up in the outrage.
  • Public outrage spurred the effort to monitor the industry's use of animals.
  • The announcement last week that the first human clone had been born was met with skepticism, concern and outrage.
  • The government reacted to this suggestion with predictable outrage.
  • Leave the outrage for things that are actually horrifying.
  • Perhaps on some level they sense that which is why they fear it which is why they feel the outrage.
  • When someone takes the life of a bear, and particularly a bear with cubs, they draw outrage.
  • Considering the outrage over the experimental use of placental stem cells, this inference should be avoided at all costs.
  • Certainly, if a respected news agency were caught doing it today, public outrage would ensue.
  • The outrage which the episode has provoked is profound.
British Dictionary definitions for outrage


a wantonly vicious or cruel act
a gross violation of decency, morality, honour, etc
profound indignation, anger, or hurt, caused by such an act
verb (transitive)
to cause profound indignation, anger, or resentment in
to offend grossly (feelings, decency, human dignity, etc)
to commit an act of wanton viciousness, cruelty, or indecency on
a euphemistic word for rape1
Word Origin
C13 (meaning: excess): via French from outré beyond, from Latin ultrā
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Word Origin and History for outrage

c.1300, "evil deed, offense, crime; affront, indignity," from Old French outrage "harm, damage; insult; criminal behavior; presumption, insolence, overweening" (12c.), earlier oltrage (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *ultraticum "excess," from Latin ultra "beyond" (see ultra-). Etymologically, "the passing beyond reasonable bounds" in any sense; meaning narrowed in English toward violent excesses because of folk etymology from out + rage. Of injuries to feelings, principles, etc., from 1769.


c.1300, "to go to excess, act immoderately," from outrage (n.). From 1580s with meaning "do violence to." Related: Outraged; outraging.

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