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

The internet exploded in rage upon seeing the disturbing image of Galveston, Texas, police officers on horseback leading a handcuffed Black man by rope down the middle of the street. Danielle Young, Essence, "Why Did White Galveston Police Officers Use A Leash On This Black Man?," 9 Aug. 2019 The fear Powers had felt as a little boy turned to rage. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, "In small-town Bristol, a dark secret comes to light," 31 July 2019 On one such occasion, triggered by a random event, my father flew into a blind rage and unleashed his fury on our male attendant. Vikram Zutshi, Quartz India, "Why do abusive men (and the women who support them) behave the way they do?," 19 July 2019 The 21-year-old man accused of killing an upstate New York 17-year-old and posting pictures online of the grisly crime might have flown into a jealous rage after seeing her kiss another man hours earlier, a prosecutor said. David K. Li, NBC News, "Man might have killed 17-year-old Instagram star in upstate New York in jealous rage, prosecutor said," 17 July 2019 Estimated costs are in a rage from $600 million to $1.6 billion, according to Clifford. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "‘Damage would certainly be done’: Concerns rise about possible Louisville-area bypass," 27 June 2019 The Melvin Gordon and Ezekiel Elliott contract situations flared up over the last few weeks, causing the debate over tailbacks getting paid to rage. Albert Breer, SI.com, "In Atlanta, Dan Quinn Is Ready to Show Off the Falcons’ Coaching Overhaul," 22 July 2019 As the battle over on-screen representation in the movies continues to rage, actress Scarlett Johansson once again stepped into the crossfire. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "Scarlett Johannson, who has a history of casting controversies, says ‘I should be allowed to play any person’," 14 July 2019 This Land is Mehta’s expression of rage at the cynical exploitation of inequality. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "The United States’ Debt to Immigrants," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tucker’s c’est la vie attitude on the calls reflects a stark honesty about the gun violence that continues to rage this summer in pockets of the South and West sides. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: A rare look at Chicago’s entrenched gun culture, post-Lollapalooza depression and other things to know to start your day," 6 Aug. 2019 Polyglot India is the nearest international comparator to the EU, but there too debates rage over whether to adopt a sole official language to add coherence. The Economist, "Brexit is the ideal moment to make English the EU’s common language," 15 June 2019 Trout and Bellinger are the two best players in the game and the argument about who’s best should rage for years. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Golden age of L.A. sports being fueled by star-studded rivalries," 20 July 2019 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

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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