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.
Recent Examples on the Web The original idea was to take an innocent and common gesture and arbitrarily transform it into something that would enrage liberals. Lita C. Baldor, Twin Cities, "Navy, Army probes find no racism intent in hand gestures," 20 Dec. 2019 California officials struck a deal in July with four automakers willing to abide by the state’s tougher gas mileage standards in defiance of Trump, a move that reportedly enraged the president. BostonGlobe.com, "“The power to enter into such agreements is reserved to the federal government, which must be able to speak with one voice in the area of US foreign policy,” Clark said.," 24 Oct. 2019 Her voice is enraged, but encouraging—resulting in a necessary read not only for teenagers, but also for the adults who have a hand in bringing them up. Rebecca Katzman, Time, "The 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2019," 25 Nov. 2019 By 1984, the brothers had become enraged by the strong opposition to polygamy by Brenda Lafferty, the wife of their brother Allen. BostonGlobe.com, "SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother’s wife and her toddler in 1984 because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book ‘‘Under the Banner of Heaven’’ has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday.," 12 Nov. 2019 By 1984, the brothers had become enraged by the strong opposition to polygamy by Brenda Lafferty, the wife of their brother Allen. CBS News, "Killer who was expected to be executed by firing squad has died of natural causes," 11 Nov. 2019 Renata is enraged and alone, without even a magazine cover to keep her warm. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Big Little Lies Finale Is Coming — Which Of The Monterey Five Will Spill The Lie?," 15 July 2019 Back then, protesters were enraged by the government's plans to destroy a pier in order to reclaim land from the city's famous harbor. Fionnuala Mchugh, CNN, "Carrie Lam was supposed to unite Hong Kong. Instead she brought chaos," 17 June 2019 The man became enraged when people told him to stop. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "BART ambassadors could de-escalate situations before they become violent. Time to hire some," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of enrage was in 1575

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Enrage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enraged. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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