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  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

1605–15; < Latin rabidus raving, furious, mad, equivalent to rab(ere) to rave, be mad + -idus -id4
Related formsrab·id·i·ty [ruh-bid-i-tee, ra-] /rəˈbɪd ɪ ti, ræ-/, rab·id·ness, nounrab·id·ly, adverb


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1. zealous, fervent, ardent, fanatical, bigoted.
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Examples from the Web for rabidity

Historical Examples

  • The Abolitionists are subject to constant fits of rabidity which increase intensity with each successive attack.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free

    Henry A. Murray

British Dictionary definitions for rabidity


  1. relating to or having rabies
  2. zealous; fanatical; violent; raging
Derived Formsrabidity (rəˈbɪdɪtɪ) or rabidness, nounrabidly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin rabidus frenzied, mad, from rabere to be mad
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Word Origin and History for rabidity


1831, from rabid + -ity.



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.

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rabidity in Medicine


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  1. Of or affected by rabies.
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