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outcry

[noun out-krahy; verb, out-krahy] /noun ˈaʊtˌkraɪ; verb, ˌaʊtˈkraɪ/
noun, plural outcries.
1.
a strong and usually public expression of protest, indignation, or the like.
2.
a crying out.
3.
loud clamor.
4.
an auction.
verb (used with object), outcried, outcrying.
5.
to outdo in crying; cry louder than.
Origin of outcry
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at out-, cry
Synonyms
3. uproar, commotion.
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outcry

noun (ˈaʊtˌkraɪ) (pl) -cries
1.
a widespread or vehement protest
2.
clamour; uproar
3.
(commerce) a method of trading in which dealers shout out bids and offers at a prearranged meeting: sale by open outcry
verb (ˌaʊtˈkraɪ) -cries, -crying, -cried
4.
(transitive) to cry louder or make more noise than (someone or something)
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Word Origin and History for outcry
n.

mid-14c., "act of crying aloud," from out + cry (v.). In metaphoric sense of "public protest," first attested 1911 in George Bernard Shaw.

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