en·​rage | \ in-ˈrāj How to pronounce enrage (audio) , en-\
enraged; enraging; enrages

Definition of enrage

transitive verb

: to fill with rage : anger

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Examples of enrage in a Sentence

His thoughtless behavior enraged us. People were enraged by the decision.

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Last month John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser, enraged China by breaking with decades of precedent to meet his Taiwanese opposite number. The Economist, "Taiwan’s computing titans are caught up in the US-China tech war," 6 June 2019 Last season, Buffon was sent off after being enraged by a late penalty call from English referee Michael Oliver in the quarter-final match between Juventus and Real Madrid. Ben Church & James Masters, CNN, "Gianluigi Buffon leaves Paris Saint-Germain after one season," 5 June 2019 We were enraged by this extremely irresponsible misconduct, which clearly violated the regulatory and medical ethics of China and nations all over the world. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "CRISPR Baby Scientist Comprehensively Denounced By Genetics Experts," 3 May 2019 His statement enraged the government in Ankara just as he was set to arrive there, prompting Mr. Erdogan to refuse to meet with Mr. Bolton. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Warns Turkey Not to Attack Kurds in Syria," 14 Jan. 2019 Men who abuse women describe feeling enraged, with insecurity as a trigger. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "New Revelations Show Golden State Killer Had Toxic History With Women," 29 Apr. 2018 Clay’s willful ignorance is enraging, despite his good intentions. refinery29.com, "Jessica’s Story On 13 Reasons Why Highlights How #MeToo Is Different For WOC," 27 May 2018 Thursday's announcement further enraged those groups, who say the decision is the latest to unfairly target immigrants. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "ICE to hold more pregnant women in immigration detention," 29 Mar. 2018 The administration is also taxing imports of steel and aluminum, saying that reliance on foreign metals poses a threat to US national security — a position that has enraged US allies including the European Union, Japan, Canada, and Mexico. Paul Wiseman, BostonGlobe.com, "US trade deficit falls in April for second straight month," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of enrage

1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enrage

Middle French enrager to become mad, from Old French enragier, from en- + rage rage

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English Language Learners Definition of enrage

: to make (someone) very angry : to fill (someone) with rage


en·​rage | \ in-ˈrāj How to pronounce enrage (audio) \
enraged; enraging

Kids Definition of enrage

: to fill with rage : anger

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