Definition of outrage in US English:



  • 1An extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation.

    ‘her voice trembled with outrage’
    • ‘The chamber sparked public outrage by doing so at the time.’
    • ‘Make it a call but make it an informed call and one you deliberate on and just is not a knee-jerk reaction to the moral outrage in the community.’
    • ‘Eloquent leaders with strong voices of unmediated outrage have emerged.’
    • ‘The attempt to feign outrage runs out of steam here, and he grins.’
    • ‘We'll have the special report on a plan that is causing outrage.’
    • ‘It was the first time I had ever detected a trace of anger or outrage in her voice.’
    • ‘On a daily basis, Yale students and professors express the moral outrage they feel toward our criminal justice system.’
    • ‘Their deaths sparked outrage and anger in the city and far beyond.’
    • ‘The news provoked widespread outrage from the families of people in care.’
    • ‘The murder sparked public outrage in the province and led to renewed calls for the death sentence.’
    • ‘I hope outrage is expressed - we have got to protect what we have.’
    • ‘The vicious character of the police attack provoked widespread public outrage.’
    • ‘In this case, the words of the judge who approved his removal have caused justifiable outrage.’
    • ‘Five voices rose to a shout of outrage and indignation.’
    • ‘Matters of preference, like music and interior design, do not provoke moral outrage.’
    • ‘A loud rumbling of outrage erupted from various groups and the councilman had to order them to be quiet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anger, outrage, disgust, fear and irritation are some of the expected responses of women who are open enough to talk about this growing problem.’
    • ‘Widespread public anger and outrage grew on both sides of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘The federal order to stop discriminating provoked outrage on the part of several school board members.’
    indignation, fury, anger, rage, disapproval, wrath, shock, resentment, horror, disgust, amazement
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    1. 1.1 An action or event causing anger, shock, or indignation.
      ‘the massacre was one of the worst outrages in the whole of our history’
      ‘the decision was an outrage’
      • ‘Indeed, the magnitude of these outrages can never be overstated.’
      • ‘Similar outrages, including the murder of prisoners, are emerging.’
      • ‘There are groups and goals, and sometimes those two combine to produce the most obscene outrages.’
      • ‘The challenge that faces president and prime minister is how to defeat terrorism rather than incite it to fresh outrages.’
      • ‘The criminal nature of these outrages is underscored by the fact that they occurred in a city that has been the scene of innumerable protests against imperialism and war.’
      • ‘The world understands that whilst of course there are dangers in acting as we are, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater - the threat of further such outrages, the threats to our economies, the threat to the stability of the world.’
      • ‘There's very little else I can say at the moment, but this activity is directly connected to the outrages on Thursday.’
      • ‘As a direct result of terrorist outrages, states will be strengthened in their role as the prime actors in the international system.’
      • ‘It was not easy - no political dialogue ever is - and there were times when setbacks, including terrorist outrages, threatened to derail the whole process.’
      • ‘Despite these outrages, for decades the mob's domination of the market faced little resistance from city law enforcement, though federal prosecutors sometimes interfered.’
      • ‘But the angry, defensive response to the terrorist outrages should not be mistaken for the confident patriotism of the past.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, as long as there are political outrages, there will be poetry from her.’
      • ‘‘We can observe that they are starting to do something, but the arrest has nothing to do with the last year's outrages,’ he said.’
      • ‘"We were shocked by this latest terrorist outrage, " he said.’
      • ‘This event, more than any of his pop outrages, has struck a chord with the public.’
      • ‘But thankfully, history is also written by historians rather than self-serving spin doctors and political hacks who want to gloss over their own outrages and claim some higher purpose.’
      • ‘The response to terrorist outrages had been to deny them ‘political status’.’
      • ‘In London, the market was moving erratically as investors tried to gauge the impact of yesterday's outrages.’
      • ‘A bomb outrage to have any influence on public opinion must go beyond the intention of vengeance or terrorism.’
      • ‘The practical import of this was that no feasible mechanism could be brought into being enabling a State official - let alone a Head of State - accused of war crimes or other outrages to be tried.’
      affront, scandal, offence, insult, injustice, disgrace, infamy
      atrocity, act of brutality, act of savagery, act of violence, evil, abomination, obscenity, act of wickedness, crime, wrong, horror, enormity, violation, brutality, barbarism, barbarity, inhumane act, villainy, disgrace
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[with object]usually be outraged
  • 1Arouse fierce anger, shock, or indignation in (someone)

    ‘he was outraged at this attempt to take his victory away from him’
    • ‘Some parents were outraged by this and took the Board of Education to court.’
    • ‘But then there are always a handful of ads that still have the capacity to shock and outrage me.’
    • ‘At the time I was outraged, and I can still feel anger about that cold-blooded viciousness.’
    • ‘But another attack, which took place on Easter Sunday, saw a second window shattered, outraging local people and parishioners.’
    • ‘Around 30 members of the public attended the meeting and were outraged at the decision.’
    • ‘Many people were justifiably outraged by the offensive ad.’
    • ‘After you chuckle, click here to read the predictably outraged responses.’
    • ‘I was shocked that so many people were so outraged by the decision.’
    • ‘This little story has my mouth hanging open incredulously, the way it does whenever something shocks and outrages me.’
    • ‘And you have to believe there's pressure put on these people to perform and do things that shock and outrage us.’
    • ‘Parents were outraged after social services investigators found no evidence to substantiate the claims.’
    • ‘In the end, local people were so outraged that they pulled up the genetically engineered crop themselves.’
    • ‘Consumer advocacy groups are predictably outraged and are calling for fee caps.’
    • ‘Even worse they dread outraged parents arriving at the school to make a fuss.’
    • ‘Many people are outraged at the amount of rubbish dumped on the road recently.’
    • ‘The whistle-blower is a worker who becomes outraged morally or politically about a managerial strategy.’
    • ‘I cannot be the only person that is absolutely outraged that this type of situation occurs.’
    • ‘Now, outraged people all over the UK will be joining forces to force it off the air again.’
    • ‘A man was outraged to discover his car had literally been glued to the ground by workmen resurfacing the roads.’
    • ‘All parents would be rightly outraged if bureaucrats alone could choose where their kids could attend college.’
    enrage, infuriate, incense, anger, scandalize, offend, give offence to, make indignant, affront, be an affront to, shock, horrify, disgust, revolt, repel, appal, displease
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    1. 1.1 Violate or infringe flagrantly (a principle, law, etc.)
      ‘their behavior outraged all civilized standards’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He denies committing an act outraging public decency.’
      • ‘There are also other laws such as the law against outraging the modesty of a woman.’
      • ‘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.