Definition of outrage in English:


Syllabification: out·rage
Pronunciation: /ˈoutˌrāj


  • 1An extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation: her voice trembled with outrage
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    • Many others from all around the world have been writing their opinions and reactions, ranging from shock and outrage to fury to dismay to fear and worry.
    • Eloquent leaders with strong voices of unmediated outrage have emerged.
    • Anger, outrage, disgust, fear and irritation are some of the expected responses of women who are open enough to talk about this growing problem.
    indignation, fury, anger, rage, disapproval, wrath, resentment
  • 1.1An action or event causing anger, shock, or indignation: the decision was an outrage
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    • The response to terrorist outrages had been to deny them ‘political status’.
    • But the angry, defensive response to the terrorist outrages should not be mistaken for the confident patriotism of the past.
    • It was not easy - no political dialogue ever is - and there were times when setbacks, including terrorist outrages, threatened to derail the whole process.
    scandal, offense, insult, injustice, disgraceatrocity, act of violence/wickedness, crime, wrong, barbarism, inhumane act


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  • 1Arouse fierce anger, shock, or indignation in (someone): he was outraged at this attempt to take his victory away from him
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    • And you have to believe there's pressure put on these people to perform and do things that shock and outrage us.
    • This little story has my mouth hanging open incredulously, the way it does whenever something shocks and outrages me.
    • But then there are always a handful of ads that still have the capacity to shock and outrage me.
    enrage, infuriate, incense, anger, scandalize, offend, give offense to, affront, shock, horrify, disgust, appall
  • 1.1Violate or infringe flagrantly (a principle, law, etc.): their behavior outraged all civilized standards
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    • There are also other laws such as the law against outraging the modesty of a woman.
    • I do not wish to exclude the possibility that the discretion may be used in extradition proceedings founded upon evidence which, though technically admissible, has been obtained in a way which outrages civilised values.
    • Possible charges include committing an act which outrages public decency.


Middle English (in the senses 'lack of moderation' and 'violent behavior'): from Old French ou(l)trage, based on Latin ultra 'beyond'. Sense development has been affected by the belief that the word is a compound of out and rage.

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