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outrageous

[out-rey-juh s] /aʊtˈreɪ dʒəs/
adjective
1.
of the nature of or involving gross injury or wrong:
an outrageous slander.
2.
grossly offensive to the sense of right or decency:
outrageous behavior; an outrageous remark.
3.
passing reasonable bounds; intolerable or shocking:
an outrageous price.
4.
violent in action or temper.
5.
highly unusual or unconventional; extravagant; remarkable:
a child of the most outrageous precocity; a fancy dive performed with outrageous ease.
Origin of outrageous
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French outrageus. See outrage, -ous
Related forms
outrageously, adverb
outrageousness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2, 3. See flagrant. 2. repugnant, insulting, shocking, revolting. 3. unthinkable, appalling.
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  • Their infatuation had therefore its pitiable as well as its outrageous aspect.

    The Cradle of the Christ Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  • Only the emergency could have spurred him to the point of so outrageous an impertinence.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • From the time of its foundation down to the present century the name of Jena stood for all that was wild, absurd, and outrageous.

  • Inspector Michel looked the outrageous creature up and down.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • I guess it ain't any worse to hold church fairs in this country than it is to have the outrageous goings on in the old country.

    An Alabaster Box Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for outrageous

outrageous

/aʊtˈreɪdʒəs/
adjective
1.
being or having the nature of an outrage
2.
grossly offensive to decency, authority, etc
3.
violent or unrestrained in behaviour or temperament
4.
extravagant or immoderate
Derived Forms
outrageously, adverb
outrageousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for outrageous
adj.

c.1300, "excessive, extravagant," from Old French outrageus, outrajos "immoderate, excessive, violent, lawless" (Modern French outrageux), from outrage, oltrage (see outrage). Meaning "flagrantly evil" is late 14c.; modern teen slang usages of it unwittingly approach the original and etymological sense of outrage. Related: Outrageously; outrageousness.

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