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 Protestors, some of them armed, have gathered in several states to express their rage at the lockdown. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Re-opening amid the coronavirus pandemic won't work unless we're all in.," 19 Apr. 2020 Karla turns her rage toward the assaulters and runs after their departing car. Nadja Spiegelman, The New York Review of Books, "As Clean as Rage," 8 Apr. 2020 Today’s recipe is for a style of chicken that carries so much flavor that its wallop has become somewhat of a rage. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Colombian exchange — the chicken," 25 Sep. 2019 Playing 'politics:' Governors warn of dire ventilator shortages as virus pandemic rages. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, "How a frantic trek to a McDonald’s parking lot shows the scramble states are facing for coronavirus supplies," 18 Apr. 2020 This follows an incident a week ago when NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace lost a sponsor after rage-quitting a race. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "NASCAR driver fired for idiotic behavior in esports [Updated]," 14 Apr. 2020 But while that murder seemed more impromptu and random, Bateman is clearly out for Allen's blood, feeling a rage of jealousy over many aspects of Allen's life — particularly his business card. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "American Psycho turns 20: Inside Paul Allen's murder — and Jared Leto's surprise," 14 Apr. 2020 What if a mafia man bought it for his mistress, who later murdered him in a swirl of cocaine and rage? Faran Krentcil, Marie Claire, "The Host of 'Murder House Flipped' Helped Me Exorcise My Apartment of Its Bad Vibes," 14 Apr. 2020 That is why there is rage that African footballers are apparently being more outspoken in defense of African interests than African politicians. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "The French doctors who wanted to test vaccines on Africans and Western medicine’s dark history," 10 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Saturday's play in the world's most popular sport was bound to be respite for many, if only temporarily, as the coronavirus continues to rage. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Germany's Bundesliga marks soccer's elite return, with changes, during coronavirus pandemic," 16 May 2020 Several Republican governors are following Trump's lead as an effort takes shape to control the narrative about a pandemic that has continued to rage throughout a quickly reopening country. Author: Toluse Olorunnipa, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump tightens grip on coronavirus information as he pushes to restart the economy," 8 May 2020 Now it is being tested by the spread of the pandemic at a time when war with the Taliban continues to rage nationwide. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "‘Hospital Needs to Be Quarantined,’ but Works On in Country at War," 1 May 2020 Reuters/Al Drago As Covid-19 continues to cut a grim path across the globe, debates continue to rage about who is to blame. Yaqiu Wang, Quartz, "Falling for China’s fake Covid-19 news was a dangerous and preventable mistake," 30 Apr. 2020 On Friday, the State of Georgia declared a variety of businesses, including hair salons and gyms, could open their doors again even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "What the law says about forcing employees back to the office," 27 Apr. 2020 Fighting between the Taliban on one side and the United States and its Afghan government allies on the other has continued to rage, even as the U.S. works to hammer out a peace agreement with the insurgent group. Washington Post, "War-weary Afghan youth turn to snowboarding for thrills," 6 Feb. 2020 The battle for Iwo Jima would rage for another month. Joe Rosenthal, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 14 Feb. 2020 Skip to main content The Amazon is still on fire Fires continue to rage in the Amazon, the world's largest tropical rainforest, at an alarming rate. Editors, USA TODAY, "G-7 summit, college football and Amazon wildfires: 5 things to know this weekend," 24 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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The first known use of rage was in the 14th century

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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rage. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for rage

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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