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[noun out-krahy; verb, out-krahy] /noun ˈaʊtˌkraɪ; verb, ˌaʊtˈkraɪ/
noun, plural outcries.
a strong and usually public expression of protest, indignation, or the like.
a crying out.
loud clamor.
an auction.
verb (used with object), outcried, outcrying.
to outdo in crying; cry louder than.
Origin of outcry
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at out-, cry
3. uproar, commotion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She made no outcry; it was all in this simply swift gesture, but we—we knew them.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • He did not seem to me to be at all disturbed, and I thought it was not worth while to make any outcry.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • This brought an outcry against the admission of any professional working woman into the exclusive Civitas.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • They heard the outcry below, and thrust their heads out of the window.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • In France there has been an outcry, and much more also than mere outcry.

British Dictionary definitions for outcry


noun (ˈaʊtˌkraɪ) (pl) -cries
a widespread or vehement protest
clamour; uproar
(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
(transitive) to cry louder or make more noise than (someone or something)
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Word Origin and History for outcry

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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