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[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.
Origin of rabid
1605-15; < Latin rabidus raving, furious, mad, equivalent to rab(ere) to rave, be mad + -idus -id4
Related forms
[ruh-bid-i-tee, ra-] /rəˈbɪd ɪ ti, ræ-/ (Show IPA),
rabidness, noun
rabidly, adverb
1. zealous, fervent, ardent, fanatical, bigoted. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rabid
  • Your pets and other domestic animals can be infected when they are bitten by rabid wild animals.
  • Rabies is a rare but potentially deadly disease spread through the saliva of a rabid animal.
  • Quite true there are sharks here, but certain of these educational lenders are rabid and raging sharks.
  • Yours, and the general public's fear of nuclear power is understandable given the rabid press these incidents entail.
  • Coal being a little less cheap won't make people go rabid over energy prices.
  • There are also plenty of rabid music industry lawyers with a history of going to great lengths to prosecute copyright violators.
  • He was a rabid segregationist, blocking civil rights legislation at every turn.
  • Permits for further demonstrations were reportedly being denied and websites purged of their more rabid content.
  • It is less the sport than the rabid fan clubs and heightened alcohol fueled atmosphere.
  • Too many creatively drawn districts filled with rabid reactionaries.
British Dictionary definitions for rabid


/ˈræbɪd; ˈreɪ-/
relating to or having rabies
zealous; fanatical; violent; raging
Derived Forms
rabidity (rəˈbɪdɪtɪ), rabidness, noun
rabidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin rabidus frenzied, mad, from rabere to be mad
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Word Origin and History for rabid

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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rabid in Medicine

rabid rab·id (rāb'ĭd)
Of or affected by rabies.

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