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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


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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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sharing your feelings with someone in your support system, channeling them through an intense workout, or rage-writing them in a journal can all be helpful ways of working through your anger. Suzy Katz, SELF, 12 May 2022 At a moment of anti-establishment rage, liberalism was associated with a status quo that nobody seemed to want. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 11 May 2022 Millions of migrants flee their communities each year, many heading for Europe, where nationalist politicians stoke populist rage against them in order to advance their own right-wing programs. Helen Epstein, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2022 Humiliating Putin could also inflame patriotic rage among ordinary Russians, who could end up demanding retribution in the form of some face-saving action against NATO. Damon Linker, The Week, 10 May 2022 For once, Theard wasn’t the target of anyone’s rage. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Road rage incidents involving a gun also have become more deadly, the report says. Lea Skene, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2022 Employees living at their place of work in Shanghai isn’t a phenomenon unique to Tesla — as the city’s stringent lockdown measures rage on, authorities have been encouraging companies to adopt the closed-loop system to keep the economy going. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 10 May 2022 This helps explain why conservatives were so stoked about the April announcement that Elon Musk, who has indicated a broad tolerance for disinformation and rage, was moving to buy Twitter. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s the forecast issued Tuesday by experts at the World Health Organization, as the Omicron variant continues to rage across the region, even as the Delta variant is still going strong. Chris Morris, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2022 As many parents eagerly await the moment a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available for young children, the pandemic continues to rage across the country, with a recent surge in cases afflicting kids. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, 2 Sep. 2021 But as the fighting continued to rage, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Moscow on Thursday of rejecting the U.N. proposal. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 Coons also raised the specter of Syria, where war has continued to rage, as a view into Ukraine's future. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 20 Apr. 2022 As the conflict in Ukraine continues to rage, the current inflation climate is forecast to continue. Stefano Pozzebon And Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 And as long as the war continues to rage, Ukraine's energy security will be at risk. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2022 As war continues to rage on, members of Ukrainian law enforcement and civilians need, and in many cases are running out of, personal protective equipment. David Spunt, Fox News, 30 Mar. 2022 The coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on but that hasn’t slowed the Chinese luxury market at all. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rage


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rage


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rage. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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\ 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


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.


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Medical Definition of rage

: violent and uncontrolled anger

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