outcry

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English outcry, outcri, outcrye, equivalent to out- +‎ cry. The verb is from Middle English outcrien.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun

  • (UK, US) enPR: outʹkrī, IPA(key): /ˈaʊtkɹaɪ/
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Verb

Noun[edit]

outcry (plural outcries)

  1. A loud cry or uproar.
    His appearance was greeted with an outcry of jeering.
  2. (figuratively) A strong protest.
    The proposal was met with a public outcry.
    • 1961 March, “Talking of trains”, in Trains Illustrated, page 134:
      The Western Region has sought approval for the withdrawal of passenger services between Ashchurch Junction and Upton-on-Severn. There was a proposal to withdraw the trains as long ago as 1951, but an outcry from Tewkesbury that it would suffer as a tourist centre secured a reprieve.

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Verb[edit]

outcry (third-person singular simple present outcries, present participle outcrying, simple past and past participle outcried)

  1. (intransitive) To cry out.
    • 1919, Debates in the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, 1917-1918: Volume 1
      I think any man who outcries against the power of the government in Germany soon ceases to cry at all, because he is crushed.
  2. (transitive) To cry louder than.
    • 2003, Melvyn Bragg, Crossing the lines (page 355)
      ...outcrying the clacking of train wheels, the shrill of the whistle...
    • 2007, Anthony Dalton, Alone Against the Arctic (page 104)
      The dogs added their voices to the din, howling for hours, each trying to outcry the others.

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