outcry (at/over/against something) a reaction of anger or strong protest shown by people in public an outcry over the proposed change The new tax provoked a public outcry. There was outcry at the judge's statement. See related entries: ProtestExtra examples The bombing caused an international outcry. There was a massive public outcry against the harsh prison sentence. an immediate outcry from workers over pay reductions Just imagine the outcry if he pulled out of the tournament now. No one was surprised by the immediate outcry from workers over the pay reductions. The new funding plans have caused outcry among dentists. There was outcry at the judge’s statement.