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rage

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noun
  1. angry fury; violent anger (sometimes used in combination): a speech full of rage; incidents of road rage.
  2. a fit of violent anger: Her rages usually don't last too long.
  3. fury or violence of wind, waves, fire, disease, etc.
  4. violence of feeling, desire, or appetite: the rage of thirst.
  5. a violent desire or passion.
  6. ardor; fervor; enthusiasm: poetic rage.
  7. the object of widespread enthusiasm, as for being popular or fashionable: Raccoon coats were the rage on campus.
  8. Archaic. insanity.
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verb (used without object), raged, rag·ing.
  1. to act or speak with fury; show or feel violent anger; fulminate.
  2. to move, rush, dash, or surge furiously.
  3. to proceed, continue, or prevail with great violence: The battle raged ten days.
  4. (of feelings, opinions, etc.) to hold sway with unabated violence.
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Idioms
  1. all the rage, widely popular or in style.
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Origin of rage

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Old French < Late Latin rabia, Latin rabiēs madness, rage, derivative of rabere to rage; (v.) ragen < Old French ragier, derivative of rage (noun)
Related formsrage·ful, adjectiverag·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. wrath, frenzy, passion, ire, madness. 3. turbulence. 6. eagerness, vehemence. 7. vogue, fad, fashion, craze. 9, 10. rave, fume, storm.

Synonym study

1. See anger.

Antonyms

1. calm.
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Examples from the Web for raging

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  • Night came on and with it a blinding snow storm and a raging wind.

  • The thing would be raging madness—as unjust to Hester as to himself!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • 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.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Hold of it was lost in the raging fever of a nation, as it is in the fever of one patient.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for raging

rage

noun
  1. intense anger; fury
  2. violent movement or action, esp of the sea, wind, etc
  3. great intensity of hunger, sexual desire, or other feelings
  4. aggressive behaviour associated with a specified environment or activityroad rage; school rage
  5. a fashion or craze (esp in the phrase all the rage)
  6. Australian and NZ informal a dance or party
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verb (intr)
  1. to feel or exhibit intense anger
  2. (esp of storms, fires, etc) to move or surge with great violence
  3. (esp of a disease or epidemic) to spread rapidly and uncontrollably
  4. Australian and NZ informal to have a good time
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Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin rabiēs madness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for raging

rage

n.

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.

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rage

v.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with raging

rage

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