outcry

[noun out-krahy; verb, out-krahy]
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noun, plural out·cries.
  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), out·cried, out·cry·ing.
  1. to outdo in crying; cry louder than.

Origin of outcry

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at out-, cry

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outcry

noun (ˈaʊtˌkraɪ) plural -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 meetingsale by open outcry
verb (ˌaʊtˈkraɪ) -cries, -crying or -cried
  1. (tr) 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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