Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Grossly offensive to decency or morality.
  • adj. Being well beyond the bounds of good taste: outrageous epithets.
  • adj. Having no regard for morality.
  • adj. Violent or unrestrained in temperament or behavior.
  • adj. Extremely unusual or unconventional; extraordinary: loved to dress in outrageous clothing; found some outrageous bargains.
  • adj. Being beyond all reason; extravagant or immoderate: spends an outrageous amount on entertainment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of an outrage; exceeding the limits of right, reason, or decency; such as to cause outrage; involving or doing an outrage; furious; violent; atrocious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Extravagant; extraordinary; unusual.
  • Immoderate; excessive; unrestrained; violent; furious.
  • Atrocious; flagrantly contrary to or regardless of authority, law, order, morality, or decency.
  • Synonyms Exorbitant, extravagant.
  • Wicked. Heinous, etc. (see atrocious), mad, frantic, villainous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
  • adj. grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror

Etymologies

From Anglo-Norman outrageus, Middle French outrageus, from outrage; compare outrage. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I think it's also important to note that the term outrageous, Soledad, which was used by Mr. Clarke on the "60 Minutes" interview, would be most appropriate to respond to the interview that I heard him have with Bill.

    CNN Transcript Mar 23, 2004

  • U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned Syria for what he called an "outrageous use of violence" against opposition protesters, after 75 people were killed Friday in a government crackdown on the demonstrations.

    Obama Condemns Syria for 'Outrageous' Violence

  • At least President Obama finally sent an envoy to Europe yesterday to explore joint action to stop what he called "outrageous" violence against protesters.

    The $100 Oil Panic

  • Mr. Obama, in a statement on Friday, condemned what he called "outrageous human rights abuses" by authorities in Syria, accusing Mr. Assad of choosing the "path of repression."

    Protests Explode Across Syria

  • The lawyers argued that what they called outrageous government conduct allowed the judge to sentence the three men for prison terms shorter than those mandated by law.

    Court Hands Down 25-Year Sentences in NY Synagogue Bomb Plot

  • Speaking in Nairobi, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon also said the attack - which he called "outrageous and cowardly" cannot be justified under any circumstances.

    US 'Deeply Shocked' by UN Killings in Afghanistan

  • I think this video came out at roughly the same point when Lionel hosted the American Music Awards and kept inexplicably repeating the word outrageous, the most overt and least successful attempt in pop history to create a national catchphrase.

    Chuck Klosterman on Film and Television

  • BORGER: But wouldn't you use your leverage that you have on an issue like this, which -- which you call outrageous -- BIDEN: Yes.

    CNN Transcript Apr 7, 2009

  • LOU DOBBS, HOST, "LOU DOBBS TONIGHT": Coming up at the top of the hour on "LOU DOBBS TONIGHT," President Obama demanding AIG stop using taxpayer money to pay what he called outrageous bonuses to top executives.

    CNN Transcript Mar 16, 2009

  • Tonight, President Obama demands AIG stop using taxpayer money to pay what he called outrageous bonuses to top executives.

    CNN Transcript Mar 16, 2009

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