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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.
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 outraged
  • He had every right to be outraged and to raise his voice.
  • But there's also a real lack of perspective among the more outraged anti-for-profit critics.
  • The latest in a series of violent deaths at the college has outraged public opinion.
  • But the public rarely gets outraged and the fuss never lasts for long.
  • It's simply based on the loudest hue and cry from the outraged villagers.
  • Marta is not my only neighbor who is outraged by the productivity of her tomato plants.
  • The only one who didn't feel uncomfortable was the outraged author.
  • Now that fuzzy math has de-emphasized math facts, parents are outraged.
  • outraged by the damage inflicted by a fast-spreading spyware application, a pair of high school students team up to fight back.
  • And the slings and arrows of outraged misfortune will no doubt fly and land in heaps.
British Dictionary definitions for outraged


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 outraged



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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