en·​rage | \in-ˈrāj, 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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Isaiah's new job enrages his sister, Nya (Lex Scott Davis), who used to date Dmitri (Y'lan Noel), the drug kingpin in the neighborhood. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'The First Purge:' Interesting ideas drown in a bloodbath," 4 July 2018 The incident that enraged Osorio came about 20 minutes later. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Brazil’s Joy Is Mexico’s Heartbreak in World Cup Knockout," 4 July 2018 But those same business-friendly stances have enraged many locals and could imperil his chances for re-election next year. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Argentine President Wows Global Investors But Is Losing Confidence at Home," 26 June 2018 Those measures could pass the House backed by Democrats and a few Republicans, an outcome that would enrage conservative voters. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, "GOP leaders eye new bill on family separations at border," 25 June 2018 Their absurd collection of talent enraged rival fanbases and those who covet competitive balance. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Warriors' Greatness May Annoy Some but They Aren't Going Anywhere," 9 June 2018 The move enraged Gardner, who said the administration had earlier given him assurances that there would be no such raids, at least in his state. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Trump says he is likely to support ending blanket federal ban on marijuana," 8 June 2018 Republicans hope a ballot initiative to overturn a gas-tax increase that has enraged conservatives will more than compensate for top-of-the-ballot weakness. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Republicans Are Fighting So Hard to Get Into California’s Gubernatorial Election," 24 May 2018 The discharge petition has enraged Republican leaders whose priority now is making sure the base turns out in the midterm election. Lauren Fox, CNN, "On latest immigration fight, moderates use conservative playbook," 22 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 \
enraged; enraging

Kids Definition of enrage

: to fill with rage : anger

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obstinately defiant of authority

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