rage

[reyj]

noun

verb (used without object), raged, rag·ing.


Idioms

    all the rage, widely popular or in style.

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 for rage

Synonym study

1. See anger.

Antonyms for rage

1. calm.
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British Dictionary definitions for all the rage

rage

noun

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

verb (intr)

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 for rage

C13: via Old French from Latin rabiēs madness
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Word Origin and History for all the rage

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.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with all the rage

all the rage

Also, all the thing. The current or latest fashion, with the implication that it will be short-lived, as in In the 1940s the lindy-hop was all the rage. The use of rage reflects the transfer of an angry passion to an enthusiastic one; thing is vaguer. [Late 1700s] These terms are heard less often today than the synonym the thing.

rage

see all the rage.

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