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, birse [chiefly Scottish], choler, furor, fury, indignation, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], 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

But the nature of that conversation grew out of Alexis' performance of this kind of coiled rage. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "We talked to 'The Handmaid's Tale' showrunner Bruce Miller about that Season 2 finale," 11 July 2018 Making rage eyes at the camera and stalking off into the night like a grim-faced Psycho-Pirate might gratify the yen the show has always had to present June as a superhero. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Maddening Season Finale for The Handmaid’s Tale," 11 July 2018 Traini’s rage crystallized, in grotesque form, the growing backlash against migrants and the rise of right-wing politics. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Migrants were welcome in Macerata, before a murder," 7 July 2018 Every now and then, The Washington Post publishes something that provokes uniquely murderous rage from readers across the political spectrum. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Why Do Carrot Hot Dogs Make You So Mad?," 3 July 2018 Police procedurals and the current network rage for sitcom revivals certainly failed to impress Emmy voters. Lynn Elber, The Christian Science Monitor, "Streaming continues its dominance as Netflix breaks HBO's 17-year Emmys streak," 13 July 2018 Mementos of a life lived well and fully, cut short by a killer’s blind rage. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Capital Gazette's John McNamara eulogized as exemplary reporter who loved sports, community journalism," 10 July 2018 Debbie, incandescent with rage, confronted Ruth in the warehouse where GLOW was rehearsing, prompting the show’s wily director, Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), to imagine how sparks might fly between the two women in the ring. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 2018 Chinese social media blazed with rage as nationalists excoriated the companies. The Economist, "A deadline looms in China’s battle with foreign firms over Taiwan," 5 July 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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