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outrage

OUT'RAGE, v.t. [L. ultra, beyond.]

To treat with violence and wrong; to abuse by rude or insolent language; to injure by rough, rude treatment of any kind.

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

This interview outrages all decency.

OUT'RAGE, v.i. To commit exorbitances; to be guilty of violent rudeness.

OUT'RAGE, n.

Injurious violence offered to persons or things; excessive abuse; wanton mischief. Rude abusive language, scurrility, or opprobrious and contemptuous words, may be an outrage to persons, or to decency and civility. A violent attack upon person or property is an outrage.

He wrought great outrages, wasting all the country where he went.



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OUT'RAGE, v.t. [L. ultra, beyond.]

To treat with violence and wrong; to abuse by rude or insolent language; to injure by rough, rude treatment of any kind.

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

This interview outrages all decency.

OUT'RAGE, v.i. To commit exorbitances; to be guilty of violent rudeness.

OUT'RAGE, n.

Injurious violence offered to persons or things; excessive abuse; wanton mischief. Rude abusive language, scurrility, or opprobrious and contemptuous words, may be an outrage to persons, or to decency and civility. A violent attack upon person or property is an outrage.

He wrought great outrages, wasting all the country where he went.

OUT'RAGE, n. [Fr. id.; It. oltraggio; Sp. and Port. ultraje.]

Injurious violence offered to persons or things; excessive abuse; wanton mischief. Rude abusive language, scurrility, or opprobrious and contemptuous words, may be an outrage to persons, or to decency and civility. A violent attack upon person or property is an outrage. He wrought great outrages, wasting all the country where he went. Spenser.


OUT'RAGE, v.i.

To commit exorbitances; to be guilty of violent rudeness. Ascham.


OUT'RAGE, v.t. [Fr. outrager; Arm. outrachi, outragi; It. oltraggiare; Sp. and Port. ultrajar; from the L. ultra, beyond, It. oltre, with the common termination age; or more probably it is a compound of ultra, oltra, outre, with the Sp. ajar, to spoil, to mar, to abuse with injurious language.]

To treat with violence and wrong; to abuse by rude or insolent language; to injure by rough, rude treatment of any kind. Base and insolent minds outrage men, when they have hopes of doing it without a return. Atterbury. This interview outrages all decency. Broome.


Out*rage"
  1. To rage in excess of.

    [R.] Young.
  2. Injurious violence or wanton wrong done to persons or things; a gross violation of right or decency; excessive abuse; wanton mischief; gross injury.

    Chaucer.

    He wrought great outrages, wasting all the country. Spenser.

  3. To commit outrage upon] to subject to outrage; to treat with violence or excessive abuse.

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

    This interview outrages all decency. Broome.

  4. To be guilty of an outrage; to act outrageously.
  5. Excess; luxury.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.

    Syn. -- Affront; insult; abuse. See Affront.

  6. Specifically, to violate; to commit an indecent assault upon (a female).
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Outrage

OUT'RAGE, verb transitive [Latin ultra, beyond.]

To treat with violence and wrong; to abuse by rude or insolent language; to injure by rough, rude treatment of any kind.

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

This interview outrages all decency.

OUT'RAGE, verb intransitive To commit exorbitances; to be guilty of violent rudeness.

OUT'RAGE, noun

Injurious violence offered to persons or things; excessive abuse; wanton mischief. Rude abusive language, scurrility, or opprobrious and contemptuous words, may be an outrage to persons, or to decency and civility. A violent attack upon person or property is an outrage

He wrought great outrages, wasting all the country where he went.

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