all the rage


angry fury; violent anger.
a fit of violent anger.
fury or violence of wind, waves, fire, disease, etc.
violence of feeling, desire, or appetite: the rage of thirst.
a violent desire or passion.
ardor; fervor; enthusiasm: poetic rage.
the object of widespread enthusiasm, as for being popular or fashionable: Raccoon coats were the rage on campus.
Archaic. insanity.
verb (used without object), raged, raging.
to act or speak with fury; show or feel violent anger; fulminate.
to move, rush, dash, or surge furiously.
to proceed, continue, or prevail with great violence: The battle raged ten days.
(of feelings, opinions, etc.) to hold sway with unabated violence.
all the rage, widely popular or in style.

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)

rageful, adjective
ragingly, adverb

1. wrath, frenzy, passion, ire, madness. See anger. 3. turbulence. 6. eagerness, vehemence. 7. vogue, fad, fashion, craze. 9, 10. rave, fume, storm.

1. calm. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
rage (reɪdʒ)
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.  informal (Austral), (NZ) a dance or party
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.  informal (Austral), (NZ) to have a good time
[C13: via Old French from Latin rabiēs madness]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. raige (11c.), from M.L. rabia, from L. rabies "madness, rage, fury," related to rabere "be mad, rave." Related to rabies, of which this is the original sense. 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). The verb is mid-13c., originally "to play, romp;" meaning "be furious" first recorded c.1300. The rage "fashion, vogue" dates from 1785.
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Idioms & Phrases

all the rage

Also, all the thing. The current or latest fashion, with the implication that it will be short-lived, as in In the 1940s the lindy-hop was all the rage. The use of rage reflects the transfer of an angry passion to an enthusiastic one; thing is vaguer. [Late 1700s] These terms are heard less often today than the synonym the thing.

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