rage

[reyj]
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noun
  1. angry fury; violent anger (sometimes used in combination): a speech full of rage; incidents of road rage.
  2. a fit of violent anger: Her rages usually don't last too long.
  3. fury or violence of wind, waves, fire, disease, etc.
  4. violence of feeling, desire, or appetite: the rage of thirst.
  5. a violent desire or passion.
  6. ardor; fervor; enthusiasm: poetic rage.
  7. the object of widespread enthusiasm, as for being popular or fashionable: Raccoon coats were the rage on campus.
  8. Archaic. insanity.
verb (used without object), raged, rag·ing.
  1. to act or speak with fury; show or feel violent anger; fulminate.
  2. to move, rush, dash, or surge furiously.
  3. to proceed, continue, or prevail with great violence: The battle raged ten days.
  4. (of feelings, opinions, etc.) to hold sway with unabated violence.
Idioms
  1. all the rage, widely popular or in style.

Origin of rage

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Old French < Late Latin rabia, Latin rabiēs madness, rage, derivative of rabere to rage; (v.) ragen < Old French ragier, derivative of rage (noun)
Related formsrage·ful, adjectiverag·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for rage

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Synonym study

1. See anger.

Antonyms for rage

1. calm.
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Contemporary Examples of rage

Historical Examples of rage

  • He flung out of the room on to the terrace and strode away in a rage.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • Banstead's blatant folly had been enough to set any man in a rage.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • The thought set the geyser of his rage roaring and spouting in the face of heaven.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • What damned jolly fun it will be to send her out of the house in a rage!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • To hear her thus named moved him to a rage almost beyond his control.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for rage

rage

noun
  1. intense anger; fury
  2. violent movement or action, esp of the sea, wind, etc
  3. great intensity of hunger, sexual desire, or other feelings
  4. aggressive behaviour associated with a specified environment or activityroad rage; school rage
  5. a fashion or craze (esp in the phrase all the rage)
  6. Australian and NZ informal a dance or party
verb (intr)
  1. to feel or exhibit intense anger
  2. (esp of storms, fires, etc) to move or surge with great violence
  3. (esp of a disease or epidemic) to spread rapidly and uncontrollably
  4. Australian and NZ informal to have a good time

Word Origin for rage

C13: via Old French from Latin rabiēs madness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for rage
n.

c.1300, "madness, insanity; fit of frenzy; anger, wrath; fierceness in battle; violence of storm, fire, etc.," from Old French rage, raige "spirit, passion, rage, fury, madness" (11c.), from Medieval Latin rabia, from Latin rabies "madness, rage, fury," related to rabere "be mad, rave" (cf. rabies, which originally had this sense), from PIE *rebh- "violent, impetuous" (cf. Old English rabbian "to rage"). Similarly, Welsh (cynddaredd) and Breton (kounnar) words for "rage, fury" originally meant "hydrophobia" and are compounds based on the word for "dog" (Welsh ci, plural cwn; Breton ki). In 15c.-16c. it also could mean "rabies." The rage "fashion, vogue" dates from 1785.

v.

mid-13c., "to play, romp," from rage (n.). Meanings "be furious; speak passionately; go mad" first recorded c.1300. Of things from 1530s. Related: Raged; raging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with rage

rage

see all the rage.

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