Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An act of extreme violence or viciousness.
  • noun Something that is grossly offensive to decency, morality, or good taste.
  • noun Resentful anger aroused by a violent or offensive act, or an instance of this.
  • transitive verb To offend grossly against (standards of decency or morality); commit an outrage on.
  • transitive verb To produce anger or resentment in: synonym: offend.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Unreasonable; violent; mad.
  • Extraordinary; unexampled; unusual; surprising; extravagant.
  • noun A passing beyond bounds; a thing or act not within established or reasonable limits; in general, excess; extravagance; luxury.
  • noun Violence; a violent act; violent injury.
  • noun Gross insult or injury: infamous wrong; audacious and especially violent infraction of law and order; atrocious or barbarous ill treatment; wanton, indecent, or immoral violence, or an act of wanton mischief or violence, especially against the person.
  • noun Synonyms Insult, Indignity, etc. See affront.
  • To exceed in raging; rage beyond or more than.
  • To attack; do violence, especially extreme wrong or violence, to; wrong heinously; maltreat.
  • To assault violently or brutally; commit a barbarous attack upon; especially, to violate; ravish.
  • To transgress shamefully; infringe audaciously upon; break through, violate, or offend against atrociously or flagrantly; act in utter or shameless disregard of the authority, obligation, or claims of.
  • Synonyms See affront, n.
  • To be excessive; commit excesses or extravagances; wanton; run riot; act without self-restraint or outrageously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To be guilty of an outrage; to act outrageously.
  • transitive verb To commit outrage upon; to subject to outrage; to treat with violence or excessive abuse.
  • transitive verb Specifically, to violate; to commit an indecent assault upon (a female).
  • transitive verb To cause to become very angry.
  • noun Injurious violence or wanton wrong done to persons or things; a gross violation of right or decency; excessive abuse; wanton mischief; gross injury.
  • noun obsolete Excess; luxury.
  • transitive verb rare To rage in excess of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An excessively violent or vicious attack; an atrocity.
  • noun An offensive, immoral or indecent act.
  • noun The resentful anger aroused by such acts.
  • noun obsolete A destructive rampage.
  • verb transitive to cause or commit an outrage.
  • verb transitive to cause resentment through such acts.

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

  • verb violate the sacred character of a place or language
  • verb force (someone) to have sex against their will
  • verb strike with disgust or revulsion
  • noun a feeling of righteous anger
  • noun the act of scandalizing
  • noun a wantonly cruel act
  • noun a disgraceful event

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from outre, beyond; see outré.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English and Old French oltrage ("excess"), from Late Latin *ultragium or *ultraticum ("a going beyond") and from Latin ultra ("beyond"); rather than from out and rage. The verb is from Old French oltragier.

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