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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 rageful
Historical Examples
  • From all sides the horizon drew near in black walls across which the heat-lightning wrote in rageful zigzags.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • His first impulse was out of the natural heart, rageful, wounded vanity spurring it on.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
  • However, he had done so with such a rageful appetite, that in a quarter of a century he had again doubled the family fortune.

  • Whereat they were all sore aggrieved and rageful, and resolved that they would have yet another trial at Easter.

    King Arthur's Knights Henry Gilbert
  • Many, not having slept for three nights, had reached a state of hallucination, and walked about in a rageful dream.

  • He met the stern look in Odin's eyes and the rageful look in Thor's eyes with smiling good humor.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Lepailleur shouted those words in such accents of rageful despair that Mathieu, full of compassion, made bold to intervene.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • From somewhere in the dense timber along the river came a sudden, rageful, shivering wail.

British Dictionary definitions for rageful

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 rageful

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 rageful

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 rageful

rage

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