- angry fury; violent anger (sometimes used in combination): a speech full of rage; incidents of road rage.
- a fit of violent anger: Her rages usually don't last too long.
- fury or violence of wind, waves, fire, disease, etc.
- violence of feeling, desire, or appetite: the rage of thirst.
- a violent desire or passion.
- ardor; fervor; enthusiasm: poetic rage.
- the object of widespread enthusiasm, as for being popular or fashionable: Raccoon coats were the rage on campus.
- Archaic. insanity.
- to act or speak with fury; show or feel violent anger; fulminate.
- to move, rush, dash, or surge furiously.
- to proceed, continue, or prevail with great violence: The battle raged ten days.
- (of feelings, opinions, etc.) to hold sway with unabated violence.
- all the rage, widely popular or in style.
Origin of rage
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Examples from the Web for rage
The rage that Marvin has embodied, a man on the edge of eruption, is always a badly wounded man.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games, and a massive superhero film, all the rage.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
Yes, these days, Nazism is all the rage in the land formerly known as Siam.Hitler is Huge in Thailand: Chicken Joints, T-Shirts, and A Govt.-Issued Propaganda Video
December 10, 2014
This was all the rage among Bible scholars in the nineteenth century.Christian Bale: One Man's Moses Is Another Man's Terrorist
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
December 7, 2014
The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release.Shut Up, Lady Gaga’s Rape Isn’t About You
December 4, 2014
He flung out of the room on to the terrace and strode away in a rage.
Banstead's blatant folly had been enough to set any man in a rage.
The thought set the geyser of his rage roaring and spouting in the face of heaven.
What damned jolly fun it will be to send her out of the house in a rage!
To hear her thus named moved him to a rage almost beyond his control.Within the Law
- intense anger; fury
- violent movement or action, esp of the sea, wind, etc
- great intensity of hunger, sexual desire, or other feelings
- aggressive behaviour associated with a specified environment or activityroad rage; school rage
- a fashion or craze (esp in the phrase all the rage)
- Australian and NZ informal a dance or party
- to feel or exhibit intense anger
- (esp of storms, fires, etc) to move or surge with great violence
- (esp of a disease or epidemic) to spread rapidly and uncontrollably
- Australian and NZ informal to have a good time
Word Origin and History for rage
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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with rage
see all the rage.