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[out-rey-juh s] /aʊtˈreɪ dʒəs/
of the nature of or involving gross injury or wrong:
an outrageous slander.
grossly offensive to the sense of right or decency:
outrageous behavior; an outrageous remark.
passing reasonable bounds; intolerable or shocking:
an outrageous price.
violent in action or temper.
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; Middle English < Middle French outrageus. See outrage, -ous
Related forms
outrageously, adverb
outrageousness, noun
1, 2, 3. See flagrant. 2. repugnant, insulting, shocking, revolting. 3. unthinkable, appalling. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outrageous
  • In due time you'll be doing outrageous tricks that you once thought were impervious.
  • In order to attract attention, their rhetoric is ratcheted up beyond the point where it becomes outrageous and plainly wrong.
  • They let you enjoy their company without making outrageous demands.
  • The drone business has had its share of outrageous claims and dubious businessmen.
  • Most scientific articles in the main newspapers range from the utterly laughable to the outrageous.
  • Shortly you'll be doing outrageous stunts that you once concluded were unachievable.
  • What is deplorable is that some of you are paid to post outrageous comments on any discussion of climate.
  • And it continues with all the outrageous things the poet is waiting to do when she gets a certain age.
  • It's not outrageous to ask someone one or two hours off to stick to your schedule.
  • The whole thing is now past the point of outrageous.
British Dictionary definitions for outrageous


being or having the nature of an outrage
grossly offensive to decency, authority, etc
violent or unrestrained in behaviour or temperament
extravagant or immoderate
Derived Forms
outrageously, adverb
outrageousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for outrageous

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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