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rage

[reyj] /reɪdʒ/
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, raging.
9.
to act or speak with fury; show or feel violent anger; fulminate.
10.
to move, rush, dash, or surge furiously.
11.
to proceed, continue, or prevail with great violence:
The battle raged ten days.
12.
(of feelings, opinions, etc.) to hold sway with unabated violence.
Idioms
13.
all the rage, widely popular or in style.
Origin of rage
1250-1300
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 forms
rageful, adjective
ragingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. wrath, frenzy, passion, ire, madness. See anger. 3. turbulence. 6. eagerness, vehemence. 7. vogue, fad, fashion, craze. 9, 10. rave, fume, storm.
Antonyms
1. calm.
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Examples from the Web for rage
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  • Then Jory, embarrassed and stammering, in his turn flew into a rage.

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

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Lady Rookwood's rage and vexation at this indignity were beyond all bounds.

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

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • "Think of others as well as yourself," replied the old man in a rage.

British Dictionary definitions for rage

rage

/reɪdʒ/
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 activity: road rage, school rage
5.
a fashion or craze (esp in the phrase all the rage)
6.
(Austral & NZ, informal) a dance or party
verb (intransitive)
7.
to feel or exhibit intense anger
8.
(esp of storms, fires, etc) to move or surge with great violence
9.
(esp of a disease or epidemic) to spread rapidly and uncontrollably
10.
(Austral & NZ, informal) to have a good time
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin rabiēs madness
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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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rage

rage

noun

A good party: This is a rage, man (Australian 1980+, Canadian 1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with rage

rage

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