What does outrage mean?

Definitions for outrage
ˈaʊt reɪdʒout·rage

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word outrage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. indignation, outragenoun

    a feeling of righteous anger

  2. outragenoun

    a wantonly cruel act

  3. scandal, outragenoun

    a disgraceful event

  4. scandalization, scandalisation, outrageverb

    the act of scandalizing

  5. shock, offend, scandalize, scandalise, appal, appall, outrageverb

    strike with disgust or revulsion

    "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"

  6. desecrate, profane, outrage, violateverb

    violate the sacred character of a place or language

    "desecrate a cemetery"; "violate the sanctity of the church"; "profane the name of God"

  7. rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrageverb

    force (someone) to have sex against their will

    "The woman was raped on her way home at night"


  1. Outrageverb

    To cause to become very angry; as, the burning of the flag outraged the small conservative town.


  1. outragenoun

    An excessively violent or vicious attack; an atrocity.

  2. outragenoun

    An offensive, immoral or indecent act.

  3. outragenoun

    The resentful anger aroused by such acts.

  4. outragenoun

    A destructive rampage.

    "by the outrage and fury of the river Effra" (from an old description of flood damage).

  5. outrageverb

    to cause or commit an outrage.

  6. outrageverb

    to cause resentment through such acts.

  7. Etymology: From and oltrage, from *ultragium or *ultraticum ("a going beyond") and from ultra; rather than from out and rage. The verb is from oltragier.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Outragenoun

    Etymology: outrage, Fr.

    He wrought great outrages, wasting all the country where he went. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    He doth himself in secret shrowd,
    To fly the vengeance for his outrage due. Fa. Queen.

    In that beastly fury
    He has been known to commit outrage,
    And cherish factions. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    Uncharitably with me have you dealt,
    And shamefully my hopes by you are butcher’d;
    My charity is outrage. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    See with what outrage from the frosty north,
    The early valiant Swede draws forth his wings
    In battailous array. Philips.

  2. To Outrageverb

    To injure violently or contumeliously; to insult roughly and tumultuously; to endangering life.

    Etymology: outrager, Fr.

    Ah heavens! that do this hideous act behold,
    And heavenly virgin thus outraged see;
    How can the vengeance just so long withhold! Fa. Queen.

    The news put divers young bloods into such a fury, as the English embassadors were not without peril to be outraged. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Base and insolent minds outrage men, when they have hopes of doing it without a return. Francis Atterbury.

    This interview outrages all decency; she forgets her modesty, and betrays her virtue, by giving too long an audience. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. vi.

  3. To Outrageverb

    To commit exorbitancies.

    Three or four great ones in court will outrage in apparel, huge hose, monstrous hats, and garish colours. Roger Ascham.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Outrage

    owt′rāj, n. violence beyond measure: excessive abuse: wanton mischief.—v.t. to treat with excessive abuse: to injure by violence, esp. to violate, to ravish.—v.i. to be guilty of outrage.—adj. Outrā′geous, violent: furious: turbulent: atrocious: enormous, immoderate.—adv. Outrā′geously.—n. Outrā′geousness. [O. Fr. oultrage (mod. outrage)—Low L. ultragium—L. ultra, beyond.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of outrage in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of outrage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of outrage in a Sentence

  1. Jake Sullivan:

    We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage -- the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran, we have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes, and we will continue to do so as we go forward.

  2. Michael Signer:

    There is a difference between demagogues and demagogic behavior, everything he has been doing has been at the level of him benefiting from controversy. There's a propagandistic element to it. He knows how to outrage people for his own benefit, and he's done that his whole career.

  3. Gina Duncan:

    There hasn't been enough general outrage about the number of murders of our community.

  4. Ami Bera:

    This disturbing crime is an outrage that goes against everything we stand for as a nation of immigrants, xenophobia and racism have no place in America, and we as a nation need to stand up to these hate crimes -- starting with the President.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    There are certain crimes that are so beyond the pale that I understand society's need to express its outrage, so I have not traditionally been opposed to the death penalty in theory. But in practice it's deeply troubling.

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Translations for outrage

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  • ultratge, indignació, ràbia, atrocitat, indignarCatalan, Valencian
  • Frevel, Schandtat, Wut, Rage, Beleidigung, Gräueltat, Schande, UntatGerman
  • οργή, αίσχος, ωμότητα, καταισχύνω, έκτροπο, αγριότητα, προσβολή, προσβάλλωGreek
  • atrocidad, rabia, indignar, cólera, atropello, desafuero, indignación, ultrajeSpanish
  • خشمPersian
  • offense, outrage, colère, rage, indignerFrench
  • sdegno, indignazione, oltraggiare, oltraggioItalian
  • 憤怒, 激怒, 乱暴, 暴行, 憤慨, 非道Japanese
  • flagitiumLatin
  • belediging, wandaad, woede, razernijDutch
  • atrocidade, raiva, ultrajePortuguese
  • ultragia, furie, atrocitate, mânie, ultrajRomanian
  • возмутительный поступок, негодование, злодеяние, акт произвола, произвол, грубое нарушение, безобразие, ярость, гнев, беспределRussian
  • దురాగతముTelugu
  • ข่มขืนThai
  • نفرتUrdu
  • xúc phạmVietnamese

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