AskDefine | Define outrage

Dictionary Definition



1 a feeling of righteous anger [syn: indignation]
2 a wantonly cruel act
3 a disgraceful event [syn: scandal]
4 the act of scandalizing [syn: scandalization, scandalisation]


1 strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends" [syn: shock, offend, scandalize, scandalise, appal, appall]
2 violate the sacred character of a place or language; "desecrate a cemetary"; "violate the sanctity of the church"; "profane the name of God" [syn: desecrate, profane, violate]
3 force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night" [syn: rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour]

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl enm, etyl fro oltrage, from *ultragium or *ultraticum ("a going beyond"), from etyl la ultra; and not from out and rage.


  • /ˈaʊtreɪʤ/
  • /"aUtreIdZ/


  1. an extremely violent or vicious attack; an atrocity
  2. an offensive, immoral or indecent act
  3. the resentful anger caused by such acts
  4. (Obsolete usage) destructive rampage as e.g. "by the outrage and fury of the river Effra" in an old description of flood damage.


offensive, immoral or indecent act


  1. to commit an outrage
  2. to cause resentment by such an act


cause resentment

Extensive Definition

Outrage may refer to: Distinguish from outage.
outrage in German: Frevel
outrage in French: Outrage

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