Definition of outrageous in English:

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Pronunciation: /outˈrājəs/


1Shockingly bad or excessive: an outrageous act of bribery
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  • This is, as been stated, one of the most outrageous acts I have ever seen.
  • We need the people who are responsible for these stupid and outrageous acts to come to their senses and put a stop to it.
  • It was an outrageous act and what was really upsetting from my point of view is that the referee did not look at it.
shocking, disgraceful, scandalous, atrocious, appalling, monstrous, heinous;
evil, wicked, abominable, terrible, horrendous, dreadful, foul, nauseating, sickening, vile, nasty, odious, loathsome, unspeakable;
1.1Wildly exaggerated or improbable: the outrageous claims made by the previous administration
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  • Jimmy was nearly disqualified under the rule that says you have to present an unlikely tale of outrageous fortune to claim a lottery prize.
  • There were also outrageous exaggerations on the cafeteria scene circulating around the school.
  • They can present any outrageous claim they choose to without even having to go through the motions of defending it.
far-fetched, (highly) unlikely, doubtful, dubious, questionable, implausible, unconvincing, unbelievable, incredible, preposterous, extravagant, excessive
2Very bold, unusual, and startling: her outrageous leotards and sexy routines
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  • He was bold, outrageous, witty, shocking and sympathetic without being the least bit soppy or sentimental.
  • It is a target rather than an outrageous boast, but should he achieve it, perhaps then he will be considered by observers to be an unqualified success.
  • It reminds me of being a student when I used to wear mildly outrageous things, rather than the standard business attire I wear nowadays.
eye-catching, flamboyant, showy, gaudy, ostentatious;
shameless, brazen, shocking
informal saucy, flashy



Pronunciation: /outˈrājəsnəs/
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  • It is perhaps not his most accessible novel - you certainly won't enjoy it if religious ideas leave you bored to tears - but for the sheer scale, complexity and outrageousness of the ideas involved it's among the best of his novels.
  • But be prepared, because this apocalyptic farce, which boasts some sensational performances, goes on too long, hitting you over the head with outrageousness.
  • In the above-mentioned tour of Europe, the tone, the pace, the lightning put-downs and generalities are beautifully poised in their mix of outrageousness and shrewd observation.


Late Middle English: from Old French outrageus, from outrage 'excess' (see outrage).

Words that rhyme with outrageous

advantageous, contagious, courageous, rampageous

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Syllabification: out·ra·geous

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