Outrage (emotion)

Faux outrage

The 21stC and its social media have seen an increased display of faux outrage, with power and prestige being hypocritically sought by professing concern for others.[6]

Historical and sociological examples

  • Kate Fox in her anthropology of the English observed that drunkenness came with a standardised set of outrages to perform, ranging from swearing and scuffling up to mooning.[8] She also noted how “the English take great pleasure in being shocked and outraged, and righteous indignation is one of our favourite national pastimes, but the feelings expressed are nonetheless genuine”.[9]

Literary examples

  • At the climax of The Libation Bearers, Orestes, murderously confronting his mother over her murder of his father, exclaims “You killed and it was outrage – suffer outrage now”.[10]

See also


  1. "The Interactive Effect of Anger and Disgust on Moral Outrage and Judgments".
  2. "Robert Plutchik's Psychoevolutionary Theory of Basic Emotions" (PDF). Adliterate.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  3. "Outrage – Definition of Outrage by Merriam-Webster".
  4. "outrage: definition of outrage in Oxford dictionary (American English)".
  5. Crockett, M. J. (18 September 2017). "Moral outrage in the digital age". Nature Human Behaviour. 1 (11): 769–771. doi:10.1038/s41562-017-0213-3. PMID 31024117.
  6. J Brewer, Sociology of Everyday Life Peacemaking (2018) p. 38-9
  7. Quoted in G Austen, George Gascoigne (Cambridge 2008) p. 187 and p. 194
  8. K Fox Watching the English (Hodder 2004) p. 382
  9. K Fox Watching the English (Hodder 2004) p. 300
  10. Aeschylus, The Oresteia' (Penguin 1981) p. 219

Faux Outrage

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