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noun \ˈrāj\

Simple Definition of rage

  • : a strong feeling of anger that is difficult to control

  • : a sudden expression of violent anger

  • : something that is suddenly very popular

Full Definition of rage

  1. 1 a :  violent and uncontrolled anger b :  a fit of violent wrath c archaic :  insanity

  2. 2 :  violent action (as of wind or sea)

  3. 3 :  an intense feeling :  passion

  4. 4 :  a fad pursued with intense enthusiasm <was all the rage>

Examples of rage

  1. Her note to him was full of rage.

  2. He was shaking with rage.

  3. She was seized by a murderous rage.

  4. His rages rarely last more than a few minutes.

Origin of rage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin rabia, from Latin rabies rage, madness, from rabere to be mad; akin to Sanskrit rabhas violence

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of rage

anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity <tried to hide his anger>. ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling <cheeks flushed with ire>. rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion <shook with rage> <could not contain his fury>. indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful <a comment that caused general indignation>. wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge <I feared her wrath if I was discovered>.

fashion, style, mode, vogue, fad, rage, craze mean the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date. fashion is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place <the current fashion>. style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste <a media baron used to traveling in style>. mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated <slim bodies are the mode at this resort>. vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion <short skirts are back in vogue>. fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion <last year's fad is over>. rage and craze stress intense enthusiasm in adopting a fad <Cajun food was the rage nearly everywhere for a time> <crossword puzzles once seemed just a passing craze but have lasted>.

Rhymes with rage




Simple Definition of rage

  • : to talk in an extremely angry way : to shout loudly and angrily

  • : to happen or continue in a destructive, violent, or intense way

Full Definition of rage


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be in a rage

  3. 2 :  to be in tumult

  4. 3 :  to prevail uncontrollably

Examples of rage

  1. She raged about the injustice of their decision.

  2. The manager raged at the umpire.

  3. A storm was raging outside, but we were warm and comfortable indoors.

  4. The fire raged for hours.

14th Century

First Known Use of rage

14th century

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈrāj\

Medical Definition of rage

  1. :  violent and uncontrolled anger

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