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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 rabidly

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  • "And they'll all be rabidly hungry," said Eleanore with a sudden change.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • The upper self is rabidly engaged in exploiting the lower self.

  • Garribardine was a Scotch title while her ladyship was rabidly English.

  • Was this the thing he had foresworn so rabidly a scant four hours before!

  • The former showed a disposition to break forth into sensational headlines, and was rabidly and sometimes comically anti-English.

    Wounded and a Prisoner of War

    Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay


British Dictionary definitions for rabidly

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 rabidly

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

rabidly in Medicine

rabid

(răbĭd)
adj.
  1. Of or affected by rabies.
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