[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. rabi,
  2. rabi i,
  3. rabi ii,
  4. rabi, isidor isaac,
  5. rabia,
  6. rabidity,
  7. rabidly,
  8. rabies,
  9. rabies immune globulin,
  10. rabies vaccine

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.

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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Word Origin and History for rabidity
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Medicine definitions for rabidity


[ răbĭd ]


Of or affected by rabies.

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