rabid

adjective
ra·​bid | \ ˈra-bəd also ˈrā- How to pronounce rabid (audio) \

Definition of rabid

1a : extremely violent : furious
b : going to extreme lengths in expressing or pursuing a feeling, interest, or opinion rabid editorials a rabid supporter
2 : affected with rabies

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Other Words from rabid

rabidity \ rə-​ˈbi-​də-​tē How to pronounce rabidity (audio) , ra-​ , rā-​ \ noun
rabidly \ ˈra-​bəd-​lē How to pronounce rabidly (audio) also  ˈrā-​ \ adverb
rabidness noun

Examples of rabid in a Sentence

a politician with rabid supporters Her husband is a rabid baseball fan.

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But even a small benefit from his extensive experience at Royal Portrush, or from the rabid support of the crowd, would be enough to make Mr McIlroy a favourite. D.r., The Economist, "Can Rory McIlroy win on his home turf?," 17 July 2019 According to park officials, rabies is preventable if medical treatment called post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, is given following a person's exposure to a rabid animal. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "2 dead bats from Grand Canyon National Park test positive for rabies," 14 Sep. 2019 Health officials say rabies is transmitted through exposure to the saliva and nervous tissue from a rabid animal. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Two recent Lake County rabies cases involving raccoons prompt warning from health officials," 30 Aug. 2019 An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people get such treatments each year following exposure to potentially rabid animals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Caitlin Hillyard, chicagotribune.com, "A brush with a notorious cat, my rabies education and the big bill that followed," 27 Aug. 2019 An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people get such treatments each year following exposure to potentially rabid animals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Caitlin Hillyard, CNN, "Don't pet the cat: My rabies education and the big bill that followed," 16 Aug. 2019 The Florida Department of Health in Orange County warned parkgoers to be on alert for rabid animals around the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Part of Disney World’s Epcot Under Rabies Alert After Feral Cat Scratches 2 Employees," 12 July 2019 People usually get rabies from the bite of an infected animal, but, in rare cases, it can be spread through scratches or cuts that are exposed to saliva or other infectious material from a rabid animal, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Bats close Alabama daycare; officials recommend children receive rabies treatment," 1 July 2019 For the PowerPoint slide, the team dug up a photo of a rabid raccoon. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Hackathon at UC focuses on cancer research; one possible solution won a $100,000 prize," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of rabid

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rabid

Latin rabidus mad, from rabere

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rabid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rabid

: affected with rabies
: having or expressing a very extreme opinion about or interest in something

rabid

adjective
ra·​bid | \ ˈra-bəd How to pronounce rabid (audio) , ˈrā-\

Kids Definition of rabid

1 : very angry : furious
2 : having or expressing a very extreme opinion about or interest in something a rabid fan
3 : affected with rabies a rabid dog

Other Words from rabid

rabidly adverb

rabid

adjective
ra·​bid | \ ˈrab-əd also ˈrā-bəd\

Medical Definition of rabid

: affected with rabies a rabid dog

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