- angry fury; violent anger (sometimes used in combination): a speech full of rage; incidents of road rage.
- a fit of violent anger: Her rages usually don't last too long.
- fury or violence of wind, waves, fire, disease, etc.
- violence of feeling, desire, or appetite: the rage of thirst.
- a violent desire or passion.
- ardor; fervor; enthusiasm: poetic rage.
- the object of widespread enthusiasm, as for being popular or fashionable: Raccoon coats were the rage on campus.
- Archaic. insanity.
- to act or speak with fury; show or feel violent anger; fulminate.
- to move, rush, dash, or surge furiously.
- to proceed, continue, or prevail with great violence: The battle raged ten days.
- (of feelings, opinions, etc.) to hold sway with unabated violence.
- all the rage, widely popular or in style.
Origin of rage
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- an ancient city of Media, on the site of present-day Tehran, Iran.
Examples from the Web for rages
As the Ebola Virus rages on, the same old problems that have plagued West Africa are still waiting.What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa? Almost Everything
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 23, 2014
It is a debate that rages on blogs, on Facebook and Twitter, at any place where more than two Hillraisers are gathered.Hillary Clinton Supporters Are Divided Over Her Potential 2016 Run
June 11, 2014
Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis) struggles with his cabinet and Congress during this process, and the Civil War rages on.From ‘Mars Attacks!’ to ‘White House Down’: Watch the Best and Worst Fictional Presidents From TV and Film
February 14, 2014
He flew into rages with some regularity, some of them drunken, and over the years said all manner of offensive things.How Rob Ford Could Win Reelection
January 3, 2014
The two rages are not morally equivalent—armed rage and unarmed rage are two absolutely different species of anger.From the JetBlue Pilot to Robert Bales, Cultural Road Rage Is Everywhere
March 28, 2012
Through the whole range of rant he rages like a man inspired.
"Behold that Princes have rages just as other men," he said.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
A sight of the jewel sent Monsieur Lausch into raptures and rages.Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
Do ye not hear Hector, who now rages to fire the ships, inciting all his people?
He flies into all kinds of rages when I ask him questions about her.The Secret of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
- intense anger; fury
- violent movement or action, esp of the sea, wind, etc
- great intensity of hunger, sexual desire, or other feelings
- aggressive behaviour associated with a specified environment or activityroad rage; school rage
- a fashion or craze (esp in the phrase all the rage)
- Australian and NZ informal a dance or party
- to feel or exhibit intense anger
- (esp of storms, fires, etc) to move or surge with great violence
- (esp of a disease or epidemic) to spread rapidly and uncontrollably
- Australian and NZ informal to have a good time
Word Origin and History for rages
c.1300, "madness, insanity; fit of frenzy; anger, wrath; fierceness in battle; violence of storm, fire, etc.," from Old French rage, raige "spirit, passion, rage, fury, madness" (11c.), from Medieval Latin rabia, from Latin rabies "madness, rage, fury," related to rabere "be mad, rave" (cf. rabies, which originally had this sense), from PIE *rebh- "violent, impetuous" (cf. Old English rabbian "to rage"). Similarly, Welsh (cynddaredd) and Breton (kounnar) words for "rage, fury" originally meant "hydrophobia" and are compounds based on the word for "dog" (Welsh ci, plural cwn; Breton ki). In 15c.-16c. it also could mean "rabies." The rage "fashion, vogue" dates from 1785.
mid-13c., "to play, romp," from rage (n.). Meanings "be furious; speak passionately; go mad" first recorded c.1300. Of things from 1530s. Related: Raged; raging.
Idioms and Phrases with rages
see all the rage.