Meaning of “outrageous” in the English Dictionary

"outrageous" in English

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uk /ˌaʊtˈreɪ.dʒəs/ us /ˌaʊtˈreɪ.dʒəs/

B2 shocking and morally unacceptable:

The judge criticized the "outrageous greed" of some of the bankers.
[ + that ] It is outrageous that these buildings remain empty while thousands of people have no homes.
These prices are just outrageous (= much too high).

used to describe something or someone that is shocking because they are unusual or strange:

outrageous clothes/behaviour
an outrageous character
adverb uk /ˌaʊtˈreɪ.dʒə us /ˌaʊtˈreɪ.dʒə

outrageously high prices

(Definition of “outrageous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"outrageous" in American English

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us /ɑʊtˈreɪ·dʒəs/

unacceptable, offensive, violent, or unusual:

He made outrageous claims.
adverb us /ɑʊtˈreɪ·dʒəs·li/

By all evidence, outrageously bad dreams are a universal human experience (= an experience had by everyone).

(Definition of “outrageous” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)