- of the nature of or involving gross injury or wrong: an outrageous slander.
- grossly offensive to the sense of right or decency: outrageous behavior; an outrageous remark.
- passing reasonable bounds; intolerable or shocking: an outrageous price.
- violent in action or temper.
- highly unusual or unconventional; extravagant; remarkable: a child of the most outrageous precocity; a fancy dive performed with outrageous ease.
Origin of outrageous
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Examples from the Web for outrageousness
Outrageousness hums around these women, and an earthiness too: all have survived—and sometimes thrived from—their drama.Streisand’s Gay Sex Problem, and the Death of the Gay Icon
May 23, 2014
Second, he should use the State of the Union to drive home the absurdity of the situation, and the outrageousness of it.Obama Can Win the Debt Ceiling Fight
January 5, 2013
Akin's view may be outrageous, but its outrageousness is not one man's mental spasm.Akin's Abortion View: More Widespread in GOP Than You Think
August 20, 2012
The outrageousness of the conclusion proves the premises false.The Parables of Our Lord
Notwithstanding Mrs. M.'s outrageousness she is the person I trouble my head the least about.
This outrageousness shows only what manner of spirit they are of, and how much their sordid views exceed their parental love.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- being or having the nature of an outrage
- grossly offensive to decency, authority, etc
- violent or unrestrained in behaviour or temperament
- extravagant or immoderate
Word Origin and History for outrageousness
c.1300, "excessive, extravagant," from Old French outrageus, outrajos "immoderate, excessive, violent, lawless" (Modern French outrageux), from outrage, oltrage (see outrage). Meaning "flagrantly evil" is late 14c.; modern teen slang usages of it unwittingly approach the original and etymological sense of outrage. Related: Outrageously; outrageousness.