Definition of outrage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtreɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtreɪdʒ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] a strong feeling of shock and anger The judge's remarks caused public outrage. She was filled with an overwhelming sense of outrage. Environmentalists have expressed outrage at the ruling.
  2. 2[countable] an act or event that is violent, cruel or very wrong and that shocks people or makes them very angry synonym atrocity No one has yet claimed responsibility for this latest bomb outrage. See related entries: Anger
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘lack of moderation’ and ‘violent behaviour’): 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.Extra examples Media reports generated moral outrage. Much of the outrage was directed at foreign nationals. She was trembling with outrage. Shopkeepers voiced their outrage at the new tax. The announcement provoked howls of outrage. The guests all shouted in outrage. The new law on pensions is an outrage against the elderly. The news was greeted with outrage. There is widespread public outrage over the massacre. the outrages committed by the invading army She was filled with an overwhelming sense of moral outrage. The judge’s remarks caused public outrage.
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