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  1. irrationally extreme in opinion or practice: a rabid isolationist; a rabid baseball fan.

  2. furious or raging; violently intense: a rabid hunger.

  1. affected with or pertaining to rabies; mad.

Origin of rabid

1605–15; <Latin rabidus raving, furious, mad, equivalent to rab(ere) to rave, be mad + -idus-id4

Other words for rabid

Other words from rabid

  • rab·id·i·ty [ruh-bid-i-tee, ra-], /rəˈbɪd ɪ ti, ræ-/, rab·id·ness, noun
  • rab·id·ly, adverb

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How to use rabid in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rabid


/ (ˈræbɪd, ˈreɪ-) /

  1. relating to or having rabies

  2. zealous; fanatical; violent; raging

Origin of rabid

C17: from Latin rabidus frenzied, mad, from rabere to be mad

Derived forms of rabid

  • rabidity (rəˈbɪdɪtɪ) or rabidness, noun
  • rabidly, adverb

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