Definition of outrageous in English:

outrageous

adjective

  • 1Shockingly bad or excessive.

    ‘an outrageous act of bribery’
    • ‘She talked about this, denouncing it, calling it outrageous.’
    • ‘They are normally only awarded where the conduct can be described as reprehensible, scandalous or outrageous.’
    • ‘Most of them expected the principal to suspend or even expel him for his outrageous behaviour.’
    • ‘If you don't find that situation outrageous, you are part of the problem.’
    • ‘It's an outrageous act of poor sportsmanship, which of course, makes for great comedy.’
    • ‘It was an outrageous act and what was really upsetting from my point of view is that the referee did not look at it.’
    • ‘I think that this Congress owes it to the American people to get to the bottom of this outrageous scandal.’
    • ‘I suspect that others will view the decision as more outrageous than I do, but I still find it troubling.’
    • ‘To use ‘blood sports’ as a tool for this though is outrageous and sickening.’
    • ‘We would like to voice our disgust, anger and utter disbelief that they had considered such an outrageous act.’
    • ‘It was outrageous, it was horrendous, and it was disgusting.’
    • ‘The first aspect is laughable, the second scandalous and the third outrageous.’
    • ‘His grotesque and absurd characters committed gross, outrageous acts.’
    • ‘His comments have been termed a disgrace, disgusting, outrageous and so on.’
    • ‘There had to be a reason why he lost control and watched helplessly as his own body committed such an outrageous act.’
    • ‘What is most outrageous about the administration gets bypassed in media coverage.’
    • ‘I find that there has not been any conduct on the part of the plaintiff that is scandalous, reprehensible or outrageous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had been sentenced to nine life terms for what the judge called ‘an outrageous atrocity’.’
    shocking, disgraceful, scandalous, atrocious, appalling, abhorrent, monstrous, heinous
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    1. 1.1 Wildly exaggerated or improbable.
      ‘the outrageous claims made by the previous government’
      • ‘Jimmy was nearly disqualified under the rule that says you have to present an unlikely tale of outrageous fortune to claim a lottery prize.’
      • ‘This kind of outrageous dishonesty should not be rewarded at the ballot box.’
      • ‘More rumors spread, each more outrageous and unbelievable than the last.’
      • ‘The things politicians say and do to either grab for power or remain in office are often outrageous, sometimes unbelievable.’
      • ‘This was surely an exaggeration, but not an outrageous one.’
      • ‘I give almost any idea or perspective a chance - no matter how outrageous it seems.’
      • ‘I use reality in particular only when reality is really outrageous and unbelievable.’
      • ‘They can present any outrageous claim they choose to without even having to go through the motions of defending it.’
      • ‘What's the most outrageous lie you've ever told a reporter?’
      • ‘There were also outrageous exaggerations on the cafeteria scene circulating around the school.’
      • ‘I agree that I think it's outrageous to suggest that he did it purely for political gain.’
      • ‘The hoops are frequently absurd and outrageous, but that's another story.’
      • ‘She wasn't going to give Hallie the chance to tell her that outrageous lie, that was certain.’
      • ‘And from these documents they made the most outrageous claims.’
      • ‘This claim sounds outrageous, and I have seen it corroborated in no other sources.’
      • ‘It is a huge claim, but one that is by no means outrageous.’
      • ‘No exaggeration or vilification directed their way is too outrageous for consideration.’
      • ‘The very idea that he would leak stories to her is preposterous, outrageous, possibly blasphemous and undoubtedly iniquitous.’
      • ‘Anyone who has read any interviews with the composer, let alone listened to his music, will know that these claims are outrageous.’
      • ‘The benefit of imagination is our ability to translate an act of imagination, no matter how outrageous, into reality.’
      far-fetched, unlikely, highly unlikely, doubtful, dubious, questionable, implausible, unconvincing, unbelievable, incredible, ridiculous, preposterous, extravagant, elaborate, high-flown, overdramatic, overdone, sensationalized, excessive, overstated, inflated, highly coloured
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  • 2Very bold and unusual and rather shocking.

    ‘her outrageous leotards and sexy routines’
    • ‘The majority of people I have served are very safe and go for classic investments rather than outrageous pieces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You would have never done something so outrageous like this before.’
    • ‘Yelena still insists that I would have placed better last time if my dress had been more outrageous.’
    • ‘It was almost like rugby club bonding, where each outdoes the last with ever more outrageous acts.’
    • ‘We tell slightly more exaggerated anecdotes from our outrageous youths.’
    • ‘Maria had been delighted to find someone so outrageous at the college's late - August opening year cocktail party.’
    • ‘He was bold, outrageous, witty, shocking and sympathetic without being the least bit soppy or sentimental.’
    • ‘There is nothing worse in a small space than to be confronted by bold and outrageous colours with every open door.’
    • ‘We have an art-class sock drawer of wildly outrageous socks that yearn to be in show business.’
    • ‘So people suddenly saw, Hey, I can because a star for doing something completely outrageous.’
    • ‘If something appears too bold or outrageous to the public, it needs its time.’
    • ‘You tend to be more attracted to the outrageous than one who looks and act like everyone else.’
    • ‘It reminds me of being a student when I used to wear mildly outrageous things, rather than the standard business attire I wear nowadays.’
    • ‘He also became famous for his theatrical stage presence, dressing in outrageous costumes.’
    • ‘He was often known for wearing rather outrageous clothes whenever possible, as well.’
    • ‘Perhaps its this intolerance for boredom that explains some of the bassist's more outrageous adventures.’
    • ‘Among these many worlds, the underworld of that age was representative of the outrageous, brash and lawless life.’
    • ‘And so every night at the bar, I'm bartending in a different, completely outrageous outfit.’
    • ‘However, anything too outrageous could fall quickly foul of the ‘fashion police’.’
    eye-catching, startling, striking, flamboyant, showy, flashy, gaudy, ostentatious, dazzling
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

outrageous

/aʊtˈreɪdʒəs/