rage

noun
\ ˈrāj \

Definition of rage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : violent and uncontrolled anger
b : a fit of violent wrath
c archaic : insanity
2 : violent action (as of wind or sea)
3 : an intense feeling : passion
4 : a fad pursued with intense enthusiasm was all the rage

rage

verb
raged; raging

Definition of rage (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to be in a rage
2 : to be in tumult
3 : to prevail uncontrollably

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Noun

anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity. tried to hide his anger ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling. cheeks flushed with ire rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion. shook with rage could not contain his fury indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful. a comment that caused general indignation wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge. I feared her wrath if I was discovered

fashion, style, mode, vogue, fad, rage, craze mean the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date. fashion is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place. the current fashion style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste. a media baron used to traveling in style mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated. slim bodies are the mode at this resort vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion. short skirts are back in vogue fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion. last year's fad is over rage and craze stress intense enthusiasm in adopting a fad. Cajun food was the rage nearly everywhere for a time crossword puzzles once seemed just a passing craze but have lasted

Examples of rage in a Sentence

Noun

Her note to him was full of rage. He was shaking with rage. She was seized by a murderous rage. His rages rarely last more than a few minutes.

Verb

She raged about the injustice of their decision. The manager raged at the umpire. A storm was raging outside, but we were warm and comfortable indoors. The fire raged for hours.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While the debate rages, cases like Caccamese’s suggest that forces neither environmental nor industrial, but simply economic, have already determined the future of vineyard plantings in Napa. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Got several years and several million dollars? You probably still can’t plant a Napa Valley vineyard," 17 May 2018 Sharpton was also accused of stoking rage during the 1991 Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn, which were started after a Hasidic driver's car accident killed a 7-year-old black boy. John Sharp, AL.com, "Into a Waffle House divided, marches Al Sharpton," 1 May 2018 In a fit of rage, Alex wishes her parents never met, and her wish comes true. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "The 20 Best Disney Channel Movies of All Time," 30 July 2018 But there’s another side of the face of the left, a face of rage worthy of Mr. Hyde. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "How to maintain the republic? Originalist justices like Brett Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 And haven’t cathartic outbursts of rage always been helpful and productive? Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'First Purge': Not worth the splurge," 3 July 2018 Shimkus’ approaches over the years have ranged from biblical rage to statesmanlike diplomacy. Jeremy Dillon, The Seattle Times, "Yucca Mountain crusader wins House vote on nuclear-waste site," 12 May 2018 Facebook postings have ranged from rage to advice on how to pinpoint when the computer system was hacked. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "High school computer hack changes grades, top-10-student ranking in limbo," 10 May 2018 But even the specter of a new US military action, which has not yet come to be, could not long keep attention from Trump's rage at his own Justice Department after an FBI raid on his personal attorney. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "Trump has lost the ability to distract from Mueller," 11 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Walmart's battle with Amazon for retail dominance continues to rage as well: Walmart recently signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft to use its cloud services across the company. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Walmart may launch a video streaming service to battle Netflix, Amazon," 18 July 2018 There are people who have to psych themselves up to enter a gym and people who have to work hard to get in the mood to rage. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Is What Actually Goes Down at a Fitness Festival," 27 Oct. 2018 Massive infernos continue to rage across much of the West. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke’s claim that “environmental terrorists” are to blame for wildfires, explained," 17 Aug. 2018 As debates rage around him, the mental chaos of his work is amplified by his stresses of his personal life with his wife, Kitty, and their newborn infant. Paul Ross, Popular Mechanics, "I Am Become Opera: An Atomic Show In the Shadow of Los Alamos," 27 July 2018 These wildfires rage across thousands of acres and devastate entire ecosystems like clockwork (kind of the opposite of those people in Patagonia). Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Annual 'Suffocations' Are the Forest Fires of the Ocean," 30 Oct. 2018 Though that argument will likely rage until late April, there's at least a group of four that have seemingly separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Hayden Grove, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns, GM John Dorsey have perfect opportunity to make franchise-changing splash in 2018 NFL Draft," 6 Mar. 2018 Under pressure, Trump ended the separation policy and the administration is working to reunite the families but the anger against ICE among many progressives continues to rage. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "House Democrats introduce bill to abolish ICE, create 'humane' immigration system," 12 July 2018 Mr Ellison would unleash his indignant and ingenious fury on anyone who offended him, relishing every opportunity to rage at reactionaries and Republicans. The Economist, "Harlan Ellison died on June 27th," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of rage

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rage

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin rabia, from Latin rabies rage, madness, from rabere to be mad; akin to Sanskrit rabhas violence

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rage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of anger that is difficult to control

: a sudden expression of violent anger

: something that is suddenly very popular

rage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to talk in an extremely angry way : to shout loudly and angrily

: to happen or continue in a destructive, violent, or intense way

rage

noun
\ ˈrāj \

Kids Definition of rage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : very strong and uncontrolled anger : fury I was filled with rage.
2 : a fit of anger The rude remark sent him into a rage.
3 : violent action (as of wind or sea)
4 : fad

rage

verb
raged; raging

Kids Definition of rage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to feel or show extreme or uncontrolled anger
2 : to continue out of control The fire raged for hours.

rage

noun
\ ˈrāj \

Medical Definition of rage

: violent and uncontrolled anger

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