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rabid

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adjective
  1. irrationally extreme in opinion or practice: a rabid isolationist; a rabid baseball fan.
  2. furious or raging; violently intense: a rabid hunger.
  3. affected with or pertaining to rabies; mad.
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Origin of rabid

1605–15; < Latin rabidus raving, furious, mad, equivalent to rab(ere) to rave, be mad + -idus -id4
Related formsrab·id·i·ty [ruh-bid-i-tee, ra-] /rəˈbɪd ɪ ti, ræ-/, rab·id·ness, nounrab·id·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. zealous, fervent, ardent, fanatical, bigoted.
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Examples from the Web for rabid

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Historical Examples

  • And as for aristocrats, my friend, there are none so rabid as the newly-converted.

  • "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

    Anna Fuller

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for rabid

rabid

adjective
  1. relating to or having rabies
  2. zealous; fanatical; violent; raging
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Derived Formsrabidity (rəˈbɪdɪtɪ) or rabidness, nounrabidly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin rabidus frenzied, mad, from rabere to be mad
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Word Origin and History for rabid

adj.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rabid in Medicine

rabid

(răbĭd)
adj.
  1. Of or affected by rabies.
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The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.