1. An act of extreme violence or viciousness: outrages committed by the dictatorship.
2. Something that is grossly offensive to decency, morality, or good taste: viewed the film as an outrage to common decency.
3. Resentful anger aroused by a violent or offensive act, or an instance of this: The incident sparked a public outrage.
tr.v. out·raged, out·rag·ing, out·rag·es
1. To offend grossly against (standards of decency or morality); commit an outrage on.
2. To produce anger or resentment in: was outraged that he was lied to. See Synonyms at offend.
[Middle English, from Old French, from outre, beyond; see OUTRé.]
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