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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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 That lament, though, has enraged the pact’s supporters, who never saw a fix as remotely palatable to Mr. Trump and blame Mr. Dubowitz above all others for providing the intellectual foundation for its passing. New York Times, "He Was a Tireless Critic of the Iran Deal. Now He Insists He Wanted to Save It.," 13 May 2018 Read: ICICI Bank’s Love for Its CEO Is Testing the Limits Rising defaults have enraged the public, piling pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to act against the perpetrators and reinforce his anti-graft image before elections next year. Bloomberg.com, "UCO Bank Set For Biggest Drop Since 2003 as Former Chief Probed," 16 Apr. 2018 The doubts, however, have enraged Catholic conservatives, who have lost their patience with a pope who seems to care less about doctrine than dialogue, especially with atheists and people of other faiths. Nicole Winfield, chicagotribune.com, "Pope presides over Good Friday amid security and controversy over existence of hell," 30 Mar. 2018 The possibility of pleas has enraged some families of victims of the al-Qaida attacks, who deem the death penalty as the only appropriate punishment. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Fired war court overseer says he was exploring plea deals in 9/11, USS Cole cases | Miami Herald," 22 Mar. 2018 This humiliation has enraged Mr Trump since the 1980s. The Economist, "The president has had enough of being challenged over foreign policy," 15 Mar. 2018 Designed to enrage and engage all Fox News hosts save perhaps Shep Smith, the song feels more like a tantrum than Williams’ spiritual. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "California Sounds: L.A. artists rage and wrestle with politics and policy in the age of Trump," 29 June 2018 This meme was fake and sought to misrepresent the original and this falsehood sought to enrage NRA supporters. Jennifer Grygiel, Teen Vogue, "How Memes Are Being Co-Opted By the Alt-Right to Spread Conspiracy Theories," 19 May 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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a strong desire or propensity

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