verb (used without object)
to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way; rave: The demagogue ranted for hours.
verb (used with object)
to utter or declaim in a ranting manner.
ranting, extravagant, or violent declamation.
a ranting utterance.

1590–1600; < Dutch ranten (obsolete) to talk foolishly

ranter, noun
rantingly, adverb
outrant, verb (used with object)
unranting, adjective

3. bombast, extravagance.
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rant (rænt)
1.  to utter (something) in loud, violent, or bombastic tones
2.  chiefly (Scot) (intr) to make merry; frolic
3.  loud, declamatory, or extravagant speech; bombast
4.  chiefly (Scot) a wild revel
5.  (Scot) an energetic dance or its tune
[C16: from Dutch ranten to rave; related to German ranzen to gambol]
adj, —n

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Word Origin & History

1598, from Du. randten "talk foolishly, rave," of unknown origin (cf. Ger. rantzen "to frolic, spring about"). The noun is first attested 1649, from the verb. Ranters "antinomian sect which arose in England c.1645" is attested from 1651; applied 1823 to early Methodists. A 1700 slang dictionary has rantipole
"a rude wild Boy or Girl."
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Example sentences
Ranting is not his style, rather an absorption with every aspect of the
  production to the exclusion of all other considerations.
Sniffing, sobbing, wiling and ranting are socially acceptable expressions in
  some cultures.
Let's not sweep it under the carpet while ranting over semantics of crime.
Unless you address that inverted pyramid all you are doing is ranting.
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