Outrageous vs Nasty - What's the difference?

outrageous | nasty | Related terms |

Outrageous is a related term of nasty.

As adjectives the difference between outrageous and nasty

is that outrageous is cruel, violating morality or decency; provoking indignation or affront while nasty is .

As a noun nasty is

(lb) something nasty.




(en adjective)
  • Cruel, violating morality or decency; provoking indignation or affront.
  • * c. 1601 , (William Shakespeare), (Hamlet) , First Folio 1623:
  • To be, or not to be, that is the Question: / Whether 'tis Nobler in the minde to suffer / The Slings and Arrowes of outragious Fortune, / Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles, / And by opposing end them [...].
  • * 2011 , Paul Wilson, (The Guardian) , 19 Oct 2011:
  • The Irish-French rugby union whistler Alain Rolland was roundly condemned for his outrageous decision that lifting a player into the air then turning him over so he falls on his head or neck amounted to dangerous play.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , III.4:
  • For els my feeble vessell, crazd and crackt / Through thy strong buffets and outrageous blowes, / Cannot endure, but needes it must be wrackt [...].
  • Transgressing reasonable limits; extravagant, immoderate.
  • * 2004 , David Smith, , 19 Dec 2004:
  • Audience members praised McKellen, best known for Shakespearean roles and as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, for his show-stealing turn as Twankey in a series of outrageous glitzy dresses.
  • Shocking; exceeding conventional behaviour; provocative.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=1 , passage=She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.}}
  • * 2001 , Imogen Tilden, (The Guardian) , 8 Dec 2001:
  • *:"It's something I really am quite nervous about," he admits, before adding, with relish: "You have to be a bit outrageous and challenging sometimes."
  • nasty



  • *
  • *2006 , Marie Fontaine, The Chronicles of my Ghetto Street Volume One , p. 156:
  • *:I really don't have any friends at school Mama Mia. They talk about me all the time. They say my hair's nappy and my clothes are nasty .
  • *{{quote-magazine, title=Towards the end of poverty
  • , date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=11, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 (the average of the 15 poorest countries’ own poverty lines, measured in 2005 dollars and adjusted for differences in purchasing power): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty , brutish and short.}}
  • Contemptible, unpleasant (of a person).
  • *1897 , (Bram Stoker), Dracula :
  • *:Jonathan kept staring at him, till I was afraid he would notice. I feared he might take it ill, he looked so fierce and nasty .
  • Objectionable, unpleasant (of a thing); repellent, offensive.
  • *1838 , (Charles Dickens), Oliver Twist :
  • *:‘It's a nasty trade,’ said Mr. Limbkins, when Gamfield had again stated his wish.
  • Indecent or offensive; obscene, lewd.
  • *1933 , (Dorothy L Sayers), Murder Must Advertise :
  • *:He said to Mr. Tallboy he thought the headline was a bit hot. And Mr. Tallboy said he had a nasty mind.
  • *2009 , Okera H, Be Your Priority, Not His Option , Mill City Press 2009, p. 45:
  • *:We want threesomes, blowjobs, and orgies. That's just the way it is. We want the good girl who's nasty in bed.
  • Spiteful, unkind.
  • *2012 , The Guardian , 3 Jun 2012:
  • *:She had said: "I love the block button on Twitter. I don't know how people expect to send a nasty comment and not get blocked."
  • *2007 , The Observer , 5 Aug 2007:
  • *:There was a nasty period during the First World War when the family's allegiance was called into question - not least because one of the Schroders had been made a baron by the Kaiser.
  • *2012 , James Ball, The Guardian , 2 Mar 2012:
  • *:Moving into the middle ages, William the Conqueror managed to rout the English and rule the country, then see off numerous plots and assassination attempts, before his horse did for him in a nasty fall, killing him at 60.
  • Noun

  • (lb) Something nasty.
  • Processed foods are full of aspartame and other nasties .
    This video game involves flying through a maze zapping various nasties .
  • Sexual intercourse.
  • Derived terms

    * do the nasty * nastygram * video nasty


    * (l), (l), (l)