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[en-reyj] /ɛnˈreɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), enraged, enraging.
to make extremely angry; put into a rage; infuriate:
His supercilious attitude enraged me.
Origin of enrage
From the Middle French word enrager, dating back to 1490-1500. See en-1, rage
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[en-rey-jid-lee, -reyjd-] /ɛnˈreɪ dʒɪd li, -ˈreɪdʒd-/ (Show IPA),
enragement, noun
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.
appease, pacify. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was enraging to know that the woman he loved was within a few yards of him, and able to keep him away from her.

    Corleone F. Marion Crawford
  • She returns to business, enraging her lover, who departs abroad.

  • It was enraging to see that the old man had expected his haughtiness and that it was evidently fuel for his lewd jest.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • She also succeeded in enraging the beasts far more than she had hoped to do.

  • A method of enraging him was to distinguish one or other of them as Irish, Scottish, or Cambrian.

British Dictionary definitions for enraging


(transitive) to provoke to fury; put into a rage; anger
Derived Forms
enraged, adjective
enragedly (ɪnˈreɪdʒɪdlɪ) adverb
enragement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enraging



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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