- irrationally extreme in opinion or practice: a rabid isolationist; a rabid baseball fan.
- furious or raging; violently intense: a rabid hunger.
- affected with or pertaining to rabies; mad.
Origin of rabid
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Examples from the Web for rabid
This method works for TB, for cholera, for rabid animals—for just about everything.The CDC Was Wrong About How to Stop Ebola
October 1, 2014
Which is why his efforts to justify his rabid consumption of football wind up feeling so slippery and convoluted.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?
September 11, 2014
But once EV-68 fizzles out, surely something new will fill its place in the rabid 24-hour all-crisis-all-the-time news cycle.Midwest's 'Mystery Virus' Is Scary but Not Deadly
September 8, 2014
Given the hoops mania, though, the gym is the largest in the state, capable of holding 3,000-plus rabid fans.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own
August 31, 2014
The relatively lax immigration policy of the early 20th century gave way to rabid nativism in the 1920s.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero
August 16, 2014
And as for aristocrats, my friend, there are none so rabid as the newly-converted.The Trampling of the Lilies
"It's a wonder, with his rabid temper, that he didn't do so," said O'Gorman.Mary Louise in the Country
L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
Then, as if to escape the subject, was her Uncle Nicholas as rabid a teetotaller as ever?Peak and Prairie
And at last they exterminated the rabid thing that ran among them.Lorraine
Robert W. Chambers
He's a rabid teetotaller for one thing, and he's extremely religious.Lady Bountiful
George A. Birmingham
- relating to or having rabies
- zealous; fanatical; violent; raging
Word Origin and History for rabid
1610s, "furious, raving," from Latin rabidus "raging, furious, enraged; inspired; ungoverned; rabid," from rabere "be mad, rave" (see rage (v.)). Meaning "made mad by rabies" in English first recorded 1804. Related: Rabidly; rabidness.
- Of or affected by rabies.