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[out-reyj] /ˈaʊt reɪdʒ/
an act of wanton cruelty or violence; any gross violation of law or decency.
anything that strongly offends, insults, or affronts the feelings.
a powerful feeling of resentment or anger aroused by something perceived as an injury, insult, or injustice:
Outrage seized the entire nation at the news of the attempted assassination.
verb (used with object), outraged, outraging.
to subject to grievous violence or indignity.
to anger or offend; make resentful; shock:
I am outraged by his whole attitude.
to offend against (right, decency, feelings, etc.) grossly or shamelessly:
Such conduct outrages our normal sense of decency.
to rape.
Origin of outrage
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French outrage, ultrage, equivalent to outr(er) to push beyond bounds (derivative of outre beyond < Latin ultrā) + -age -age
Related forms
unoutraged, adjective
2. offense, abuse, indignity. 7. violate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was an outrage on Oriental custom; and as such the narrative sets it before us.

    Modern Skepticism C. J. Ellicott
  • He thought it was an outrage for Farmer Green to kidnap him like that.

    The Tale of Grumpy Weasel Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Abuse, cruelty, outrage, accumulated on the heads of the poor Aleuts.

    Vikings of the Pacific Agnes C. Laut
  • It was an insult to them, an insult to their parents, and an outrage upon humanity in general.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • Their doctrines contain assertions which seem expressly imagined to outrage common sense.

    Lumen Camille Flammarion
British Dictionary definitions for outrage


a wantonly vicious or cruel act
a gross violation of decency, morality, honour, etc
profound indignation, anger, or hurt, caused by such an act
verb (transitive)
to cause profound indignation, anger, or resentment in
to offend grossly (feelings, decency, human dignity, etc)
to commit an act of wanton viciousness, cruelty, or indecency on
a euphemistic word for rape1
Word Origin
C13 (meaning: excess): via French from outré beyond, from Latin ultrā
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outrage

c.1300, "evil deed, offense, crime; affront, indignity," from Old French outrage "harm, damage; insult; criminal behavior; presumption, insolence, overweening" (12c.), earlier oltrage (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *ultraticum "excess," from Latin ultra "beyond" (see ultra-). Etymologically, "the passing beyond reasonable bounds" in any sense; meaning narrowed in English toward violent excesses because of folk etymology from out + rage. Of injuries to feelings, principles, etc., from 1769.


c.1300, "to go to excess, act immoderately," from outrage (n.). From 1580s with meaning "do violence to." Related: Outraged; outraging.


c.1300, "to go to excess, act immoderately," from outrage (n.). From 1580s with meaning "do violence to." Related: Outraged; outraging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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