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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Synonyms & Antonyms for rage

Synonyms: Noun

anger, angriness, furor, fury, indignation, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, outrage, spleen, wrath, wrathfulness

Synonyms: Verb

bristle, fume, storm

Antonyms: Noun

delight, pleasure

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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

The story trails off behind a summer home, ends with hunger, with an attempt to eat, ends again with a white man, with white hot rage, with fear, and suddenly [the moon might as well be a warning shot*]. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 Those same friends, bristling with rage and grief, lashed out Monday at the news that Priestley, 43, of Bensalem, had been stabbed to death, apparently by her former boyfriend. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Bucks woman found dead after calling 911 to say boyfriend was going to kill her," 9 July 2018 Though his tendentious tenure has been marked by Twitter rages, staff turnover and the dark cloud of the Russia investigation, the Supreme Court has offered a chance for slam-dunk political victories. Joel Achenbach, chicagotribune.com, "A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court," 8 July 2018 Road rage between two drivers is deathly serious, but road-trip rage, from father to children, is a wonderful opportunity for kids to develop critical-thinking skills. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Save the Great American Family Road Trip," 28 June 2018 Road rage — not unlike social media rage — thrives under conditions of relative isolation and anonymity and can quickly stir territorial aggression, researchers say. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Fatal shooting in Denver focuses attention on road rage," 20 June 2018 But his recurring rage — both documented and alleged — marred his brief career, leading to multiple run-ins with the law. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Inside XXXTentacion's Final Months Before Slaying: Working to Resolve Abuse Charge Against Pregnant Woman," 19 June 2018 Drones are all the rage today, in everything from experimental street graffiti to wildlife photography. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles," 8 June 2018 Edward and Florence, in fits of rage, recrimination, disbelief, and woe, go at each other. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'On Chesil Beach' tells a tragic story of crossed love," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 This has provoked responses ranging from supportive sisterhood to rage and even disbelief. Daisy Khan, WSJ, "The #MosqueMeToo Movement," 28 June 2018 Wildfires also continue to rage in Colorado, where the Spring Fire alone has devoured an area larger than the size of Detroit, leaving 100 homes destroyed. John Blackstone, CBS News, "Thousands of firefighters battling massive wildfires in western U.S.," 4 July 2018 Sammi’s out, Ronnie’s a dad, Snooki can still rage, and The Situation actually has a real situation — but one thing fans couldn’t get enough of was Pauly, who looks, talks, walks and acts exactly the same. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Inside DJ Pauly D's Lavish Lifestyle: Luxury Cars, Diamond Watches and 'Guido Street' Style," 9 Apr. 2018 In the mid-60s, a group of artsy Dutch anarchists called Provo wanted to rage against the machine. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Divvy at 5: Chicago’s bike share is better than ever," 18 June 2018 Then something delicious happened, something that added kindling to a fire that wants only to rage fiercer: The Texas second basemen turned to his right and triumphantly gazed into the Texas A&M dugout. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas advances to championship game," 2 June 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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