[out-rey-juh s]


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

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English word from Middle French word outrageus. See outrage, -ous
Related formsout·ra·geous·ly, adverbout·ra·geous·ness, noun

Synonyms for outrageous

1–3. See flagrant. 2. repugnant, insulting, shocking, revolting. 3. unthinkable, appalling.
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Historical Examples of outrageous

  • The thing was outrageous to him, and he set himself to match her cunning.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • At least, she had kept him from the outrageous folly of an ordinary burglary.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Only the emergency could have spurred him to the point of so outrageous an impertinence.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He hated all cats but his own cat, by whom he was bullied in a most outrageous way.

  • Inspector Michel looked the outrageous creature up and down.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

British Dictionary definitions for outrageous



being or having the nature of an outrage
grossly offensive to decency, authority, etc
violent or unrestrained in behaviour or temperament
extravagant or immoderate
Derived Formsoutrageously, adverboutrageousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for outrageous

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.

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