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[rant] /rænt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way; rave:
The demagogue ranted for hours.
verb (used with object)
2.
to utter or declaim in a ranting manner.
noun
3.
ranting, extravagant, or violent declamation.
4.
a ranting utterance.
Origin of rant
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Dutch ranten (obsolete) to talk foolishly
Related forms
ranter, noun
rantingly, adverb
outrant, verb (used with object)
unranting, adjective
Synonyms
3. bombast, extravagance.
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  • A spirit as wild, as reckless, as ranting, as defiant as ever devil indulged in!

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • Please forgive me for ranting like a schoolmaster, and please don't cry like that.

    To Love Margaret Peterson
  • I expect that ranting Welshman will draw some away from decent chapel-going.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • And why should not ranting Rob tache the boy Latin and vartue?

    Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • At last she said, “When you remove that ranting woman, I will answer your question, Mr. Stone.”

    The Curved Blades Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for ranting

rant

/rænt/
verb
1.
to utter (something) in loud, violent, or bombastic tones
2.
(intransitive) (mainly Scot) to make merry; frolic
noun
3.
loud, declamatory, or extravagant speech; bombast
4.
(mainly Scot) a wild revel
5.
(Scot) an energetic dance or its tune
Derived Forms
ranter, noun
ranting, adjective, noun
rantingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch ranten to rave; related to German ranzen to gambol
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Word Origin and History for ranting

rant

v.

c.1600, "to be jovial and boisterous," also "to talk bombastically," from Dutch randten (earlier ranten) "talk foolishly, rave," of unknown origin (cf. German rantzen "to frolic, spring about"). Related: Ranted; ranting. 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" (also as a verb and adjective); to ride rantipole meant "The woman uppermost in the amorous congress" [Grose].

n.

"boisterous, empty declamation; fierce or high-sounding language without much meaning or dignity of thought; bombast; a ranting speech," 1640s, from rant (v.).

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