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enrage

[en-reyj]
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verb (used with object), en·raged, en·rag·ing.
  1. to make extremely angry; put into a rage; infuriate: His supercilious attitude enraged me.
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Origin of enrage

From the Middle French word enrager, dating back to 1490–1500. See en-1, rage
Related formsen·rag·ed·ly [en-rey-jid-lee, -reyjd-] /ɛnˈreɪ dʒɪd li, -ˈreɪdʒd-/, adverben·rage·ment, noun

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anger, inflame, madden. Enrage, incense, infuriate imply stirring to violent anger. To enrage or to infuriate is to provoke wrath: They enrage ( infuriate ) him by their deliberate and continual injustice. To incense is to inflame with indignation or anger: to incense a person by making insulting remarks.

Antonyms

appease, pacify.
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  • Would he annoy her, enrage her perhaps, or even worse, tire her?

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • This, you know, like scarlet to the bull, is sufficient to enrage the Parisian pit.

  • But the slug instead of dropping the bear served only to enrage him.

    The Mountain Divide

    Frank H. Spearman

  • I fear that this letter will enrage my grandson; I care not.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • What reply could Maurice make which would not enrage her more?

    Fairy Fingers

    Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie


British Dictionary definitions for enrage

enrage

verb
  1. (tr) to provoke to fury; put into a rage; anger
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Derived Formsenraged, adjectiveenragedly (ɪnˈreɪdʒɪdlɪ), adverbenragement, noun
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Word Origin and History for enrage

v.

late 14c. (implied in enraged), from Old French enragier "go wild, go mad, lose one's senses," from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + rage "rabies, rage" (see rage (n.)). Related: Enraging. Intransitive only in Old French; transitive sense is oldest in English.

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