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[n. ram-peyj; v. ram-peyj, ram-peyj] /n. ˈræm peɪdʒ; v. ræmˈpeɪdʒ, ˈræm peɪdʒ/
violent or excited behavior that is reckless, uncontrolled, or destructive.
a state of violent anger or agitation:
The smallest mistake sends him into a rampage. The river has gone on a rampage and flooded the countryside.
verb (used without object), rampaged, rampaging.
to rush, move, or act furiously or violently:
a bull elephant rampaging through the jungle.
Origin of rampage
1705-15; ramp1 + -age
Related forms
rampager, noun
3. storm, rage, tear. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rampage
  • After the students got their grades, the parents went on a rampage.
  • In each instance, authorities blamed an enormous crocodile for the rampage.
  • The shooting rampage could have ended there if proper security measures were in place.
  • The story of his rampage dominated national headlines the next day.
  • The university has taken many steps to prepare for emergencies since a student there went on a shooting rampage last year.
  • The enraged marchers went on a rampage, setting shops on fire.
  • At the end of the rampage he was dead, perhaps by his own hand.
  • Suddenly, a known and armed offender went on a rampage and began damaging several vehicles in the theater parking lot.
  • And now, according to research, this lion of the shallow seas is on a deadly rampage.
  • Cutter bees, which make nearly a perfect half circle cutouts of rose leaves, went on a rampage.
British Dictionary definitions for rampage


verb (ræmˈpeɪdʒ)
(intransitive) to rush about in an angry, violent, or agitated fashion
noun (ˈræmpeɪdʒ; ræmˈpeɪdʒ)
angry or destructive behaviour
on the rampage, behaving violently or destructively
Derived Forms
rampageous, adjective
rampageously, adverb
rampageousness, noun
rampager, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Scottish, of uncertain origin; perhaps based on ramp
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Word Origin and History for rampage

1715, in Scottish, probably from Middle English verb ramp "rave, rush wildly about" (c.1300), especially of beasts rearing on their hind legs, as if climbing, from Old French ramper (see ramp (n.1), also cf. rampant). Related: Rampaged; rampaging.


1861, from rampage (v.).

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