rage

noun
\ ˈrāj How to pronounce rage (audio) \

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 Dedication, rage, fear, courage, and steadfastness are words associated with a warrior in a noble cause, not humiliation. Richard Brady, National Review, "Valley of the Shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 Fires rage throughout the Amazon every year as a result of this practice. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "As the Amazon burns, cattle ranchers are blamed. But it’s complicated.," 30 Aug. 2019 Ten years since that summer of rage, the ideas that animated the Tea Party movement have been largely abandoned by Republicans under President Trump. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "The Tea Party Didn’t Get What It Wanted, but It Did Unleash the Politics of Anger," 28 Aug. 2019 But his critics, many of them scientists, have noted the government's policy of encouraging deforestation has boosted both the land clearance that helps fires rage, and given the less scrupulous farmer license to burn. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "'All you can see is death.' The regions reeling from the Amazon rainforest fires," 25 Aug. 2019 When feathers were a fashion rage, a hundred years ago and more, hunters killed a huge number of the region’s birds. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Other disputes rage over the functions of key enzymes and reader proteins. Ken Garber, Science | AAAS, "Hidden layer of gene control influences everything from cancer to memory," 1 July 2019 Twinning celebrity couples are all the rage these days and the line is, after all, unisex. Vogue, "Forget Justin—Hailey Bieber Is the Ultimate Drew House Fit Model," 20 Aug. 2019 For a few years, adding throw-ins like free Netflix or free Apple Music accounts was all the rage. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Verizon’s Unlimited Plans Are Getting Cheaper. Here’s What You Need to Know," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb America is a showcase of capitalism’s success; socialists rage in vain against it. Kyle Sammin, National Review, "A Socialist Predecessor of Ocasio-Cortez in Congress," 13 Aug. 2019 This debate may rage for years, as scientists dig up new clues and develop new techniques for understanding the past. Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic, "Why did the dinosaurs go extinct?," 31 July 2019 But this week, Porto Velho, along with much of the Amazon basin, has been shrouded in gray smoke as forest fires continue to rage across the region. National Geographic, "Near the Amazon fires, residents are sick, worried, and angry," 23 Aug. 2019 Ecologists are quick to rage at the Faroese, sharing film of the traditional and bloody slaughter of pilot whales, which are not endangered. The Economist, "Puffins on the Faroe Islands are in danger," 9 Aug. 2019 After visiting with survivors of this weekend's shooting massacre in the mid-size western Ohio city, Trump took to Twitter to rage at Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "In visit to Dayton, Trump finds a victim — himself," 8 Aug. 2019 The root controversy, well, if these tweets are any indication, that might rage until opening night. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Iguodala recalls when he and Draymond got under Kevin Durant’s skin at practice," 22 Aug. 2019 That debate will rage in next year’s legislative session. Washington Post, "‘Boring’ no more? Virginia has already begun embracing casino-style gaming," 7 July 2019 Winds are the biggest wild card with fires: Major red-flag events are a key factor in fires that rage out of control. Los Angeles Times, "California fire mystery: No major summer brush fires after years of record destruction," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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6 Nov 2019

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The first known use of rage was in the 14th century

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rage

noun
How to pronounce rage (audio)

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 How to pronounce rage (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rage (audio) \

Medical Definition of rage

: violent and uncontrolled anger

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