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rabid

[rab-id] /ˈræb ɪd/
adjective
1.
irrationally extreme in opinion or practice:
a rabid isolationist; a rabid baseball fan.
2.
furious or raging; violently intense:
a rabid hunger.
3.
affected with or pertaining to rabies; mad.
Origin of rabid
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin rabidus raving, furious, mad, equivalent to rab(ere) to rave, be mad + -idus -id4
Related forms
rabidity
[ruh-bid-i-tee, ra-] /rəˈbɪd ɪ ti, ræ-/ (Show IPA),
rabidness, noun
rabidly, adverb
Synonyms
1. zealous, fervent, ardent, fanatical, bigoted.
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Examples from the Web for rabid
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  • And as for aristocrats, my friend, there are none so rabid as the newly-converted.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • "It's a wonder, with his rabid temper, that he didn't do so," said O'Gorman.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • Then, as if to escape the subject, was her Uncle Nicholas as rabid a teetotaller as ever?

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • And at last they exterminated the rabid thing that ran among them.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • He's a rabid teetotaller for one thing, and he's extremely religious.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for rabid

rabid

/ˈræbɪd; ˈreɪ-/
adjective
1.
relating to or having rabies
2.
zealous; fanatical; violent; raging
Derived Forms
rabidity (rəˈbɪdɪtɪ), rabidness, noun
rabidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin rabidus frenzied, mad, from rabere to be mad
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Word Origin and History for rabid
adj.

1610s, "furious, raving," from Latin rabidus "raging, furious, enraged; inspired; ungoverned; rabid," from rabere "be mad, rave" (see rage (v.)). Meaning "made mad by rabies" in English first recorded 1804. Related: Rabidly; rabidness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rabid in Medicine

rabid rab·id (rāb'ĭd)
adj.
Of or affected by rabies.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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