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

Superstar duos are all the rage right now in the NBA, a basic necessity for any team interested in winning a title. Tim Reynolds, SFChronicle.com, "Analysis: Westbrook, Harden will need to change their games," 12 July 2019 Super teams are all the rage and have been since James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces in Miami in 2010. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "LeBron ‘desperate’ for wanting to play with Kawhi, analyst says," 3 July 2019 This style very much lends itself to the very popular and oh-so-requested Modern Farmhouse/Transitional Coastal Craftsman look, which has been all the rage these last few years. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "San Jose designer focuses on comfort, functionality and style," 2 July 2019 In their final conversation, Fillmore’s voice was raw with rage. Sharon Cohen, The Denver Post, "AP Investigation: Many U.S. jails fail to stop inmate suicides," 18 June 2019 The defenders within the castle went mad with rage and took their prisoners and ripped them limb from limb on the castle ramparts. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 January 2017The movement began with rage: a lawyer in Hawaii, Teresa Shook, and a fashion executive in Brooklyn, Bob Bland, took to Facebook to urge friends to protest Donald Trump's inauguration. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "A Timeline of the Women's March Controversy," 18 Jan. 2019 You’re allowed to be sad, scared, and filled with rage. Casey Gueren, SELF, "We Asked Therapists How to Feel a Little Bit Better This Week. Here are Their Self-Care Tips," 3 Oct. 2018 The video opens with a close-up shot of a model decked out in a sparkly, body-hugging top with make-up and spirally hair that was all the rage back then. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Watch Sakanaction's New Music Video Inspired by '80s Japanese Trends," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The streaming wars continue to rage, most recently with WarnerMedia stripping Netflix of its subscribers’ beloved Friends and launching a new service called HBO Max. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "All the projects coming to HBO Max, WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service," 9 July 2019 In Libya and Yemen, conflicts continue to rage in which former regime figures have been central players. Adam Taylor And, Washington Post, "Sudan may follow a perilous Arab Spring playbook: The strongman falls, his allies remain," 6 July 2019 Abrams urged the crowd not to rush to action since a legal battle over the legislation could rage for years. Greg Bluestein, ajc, "Abrams urges film execs to shelve boycott plans over ‘heartbeat’ law," 12 June 2019 There was no Twitter where a celebrity might rage at an ordinary person for a casual criticism. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michael Jackson's Defenders Remind Us to Also Believe Men," 13 Mar. 2019 As wildfires continue to rage throughout eastern Washington, officials said on Tuesday that air quality in Seattle had gotten worse than that of Beijing. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Seattle's air quality 'worse than Beijing' as wildfires scorch eastern Washington," 15 Aug. 2018 Princess Charlotte, the second child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, is getting ready to rage tonight. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Is Going to Have a "Rowdy" Birthday Party, According to Prince William," 2 May 2019 In scoring, at least. While the debate will rage forever about which player is better, James will soon have scored more points than Jordan. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "The NBA playoff push starts now with All-Star break ending," 20 Feb. 2019 Livid parents took to social media in the U.S. and the U.K. to rage. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Build-a-Bear shuts down single-day 'Pay Your Age' sale: It was so successful, it failed," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 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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