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  1. an act of wanton cruelty or violence; any gross violation of law or decency.
  2. anything that strongly offends, insults, or affronts the feelings.
  3. 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), out·raged, out·rag·ing.
  1. to subject to grievous violence or indignity.
  2. to anger or offend; make resentful; shock: I am outraged by his whole attitude.
  3. to offend against (right, decency, feelings, etc.) grossly or shamelessly: Such conduct outrages our normal sense of decency.
  4. 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 formsun·out·raged, adjective

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  1. a wantonly vicious or cruel act
  2. a gross violation of decency, morality, honour, etc
  3. profound indignation, anger, or hurt, caused by such an act
verb (tr)
  1. to cause profound indignation, anger, or resentment in
  2. to offend grossly (feelings, decency, human dignity, etc)
  3. to commit an act of wanton viciousness, cruelty, or indecency on
  4. a euphemistic word for rape 1

Word Origin for outrage

C13 (meaning: excess): via French from outré beyond, from Latin ultrā
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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.

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