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Origin of enrage

From the Middle French word enrager, dating back to 1490–1500. See en-1, rage
Related formsen·rag·ed·ly [en-rey-jid-lee, -reyjd-] /ɛnˈreɪ dʒɪd li, -ˈreɪdʒd-/, adverben·rage·ment, noun

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anger, inflame, madden. Enrage, incense, infuriate imply stirring to violent anger. To enrage or to infuriate is to provoke wrath: They enrage ( infuriate ) him by their deliberate and continual injustice. To incense is to inflame with indignation or anger: to incense a person by making insulting remarks.

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  • I was so enraged that she was not there, I wished to cover my face with my handkerchief.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Tories and Peers especially were enraged, and regarded themselves as baffled.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Napoleon flushed with anger, enraged both at the intrusion and the teasing.

  • If the words may be coupled, I watched him with an enraged admiration.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Finally the sound of a hearty voice, independent and enraged, reached the pair.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

British Dictionary definitions for enraged


  1. (tr) to provoke to fury; put into a rage; anger
Derived Formsenraged, adjectiveenragedly (ɪnˈreɪdʒɪdlɪ), adverbenragement, noun
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Word Origin and History for enraged



late 14c. (implied in enraged), from Old French enragier "go wild, go mad, lose one's senses," from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + rage "rabies, rage" (see rage (n.)). Related: Enraging. Intransitive only in Old French; transitive sense is oldest in English.

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