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rage

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noun \ ˈrāj \

Definition of rage

1 a :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

Examples of rage in a Sentence

  1. Her note to him was full of rage.

  2. He was shaking with rage.

  3. She was seized by a murderous rage.

  4. His rages rarely last more than a few minutes.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of rage

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

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rage

verb

Definition of rage

raged; raging
intransitive verb
1 :to be in a rage
2 :to be in tumult
3 :to prevail uncontrollably

Examples of rage in a Sentence

  1. She raged about the injustice of their decision.

  2. The manager raged at the umpire.

  3. A storm was raging outside, but we were warm and comfortable indoors.

  4. The fire raged for hours.

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First Known Use of rage

14th century

rage Synonyms

Synonyms
bristle, fume, storm, make a scene, run amok (or run amuck)
Related Words
blow up, flare (up), flip (out) [slang]; bluster, carry on, fulminate, rampage, rant, rave, take on; burn, foam, seethe, smolder (or smoulder), steam; chafe, fret, stew
Near Antonyms
allay, appease, pacify, soothe; check, choke (back), collect, compose, contain, curb, pocket, rein, repress, restrain, smother, stifle, strangle, subdue, suppress, swallow; moderate, temper, tone (down); ease, let up, relax; calm, cool, hush, quell, quiet, settle, still


RAGE Defined for English Language Learners

rage

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noun

Definition of rage for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of anger that is difficult to control

  • : a sudden expression of violent anger

  • : something that is suddenly very popular


rage

verb

Definition of rage for English Language Learners

  • : to talk in an extremely angry way : to shout loudly and angrily

  • : to happen or continue in a destructive, violent, or intense way


RAGE Defined for Kids

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rage

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noun \ ˈrāj \

Definition of rage for Students

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

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rage

verb

Definition of rage for Students

raged; raging
1 :to feel or show extreme or uncontrolled anger
2 :to continue out of control
  • The fire raged for hours.

Medical Dictionary

rage

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noun \ ˈrāj \

medical Definition of rage

:violent and uncontrolled anger


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