[ rab-id ]
/ ˈræb ɪd /
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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for rabidity
The Abolitionists are subject to constant fits of rabidity which increase intensity with each successive attack.Lands of the Slave and the Free|Henry A. Murray
British Dictionary definitions for rabidity
/ (ˈræbɪd, ˈreɪ-) /
relating to or having rabies
zealous; fanatical; violent; raging
Derived Formsrabidity (rəˈbɪdɪtɪ) or rabidness, nounrabidly, adverb
Word Origin for rabid
C17: from Latin rabidus frenzied, mad, from rabere to be mad
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Medicine definitions for rabidity
[ răb′ĭd ]
Of or affected by rabies.
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