- 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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Examples from the Web for raging
Our relationship did not improve as I entered college and developed a raging eating disorder.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Suddenly, you are crying, breathless, raging, and on quieter days just going through the motions.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
Thousands of years ago, Saudi Arabia fortuitously sat in the middle of the raging incense trade.When Saudi Arabia Ruled the World
October 31, 2014
Still, Morgan Freeman, for instance, is a bit of a raging liberal.Morgan Freeman Gently Slapped My Face
September 19, 2014
His inheritance, which ran to millions of Deutschmarks, was worth only pennies after the raging post-war inflation.Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
September 14, 2014
Night came on and with it a blinding snow storm and a raging wind.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
The thing would be raging madness—as unjust to Hester as to himself!Weighed and Wanting
I'll have to tell the oul' fella, and he'll be raging mad when he hears about it.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Slight displacements of the raging sea, made by the falling wounded.
Hold of it was lost in the raging fever of a nation, as it is in the fever of one patient.
- 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 raging
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 raging
see all the rage.