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rage

[reyj] /reɪdʒ/
noun
1.
angry fury; violent anger.
2.
a fit of violent anger.
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
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 raged
  • Even as the street fighting raged, some protesters rescued books, carrying them out of the building by the armful.
  • The argument over whether intelligence is innate or environmentally influenced has raged for more than a century.
  • The fire raged for four days before it could be extinguished.
  • The controversy over cigarettes in films has raged for decades.
  • As soon as plant scientists began tinkering with foodstuffs, controversy raged.
  • As the debt ceiling debate raged on the other agencies began to frown as well.
  • There was no security for land property or life, and fever and pestilence raged.
  • Within these areas are huge storm systems that have raged for years.
  • Within these belts and zones are storm systems that have raged for years.
  • Remarkably few people witnessed the event, and debate has raged for decades about its cause.
British Dictionary definitions for raged

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 raged

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 raged

rage

noun

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


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Idioms and Phrases with raged

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