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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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  • He reminded me somehow of a nervous huntsman breaking up a fox in the face of rabid hounds.

    A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
  • And as for aristocrats, my friend, there are none so rabid as the newly-converted.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • The language was the language of Whitechapel, but the sentiments were the sentiments of even the most rabid purist of speech.

    Men, Women and Guns H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
  • "It's a wonder, with his rabid temper, that he didn't do so," said O'Gorman.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • But, perhaps, I've been a little too rabid—perhaps I've been a little too rank.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rabid in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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