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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


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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The room erupts into a frenzy as the knight of the Kingsguard, in a blind rage, beats Joffrey to death with his bare hands in the midst of the celebration. Nick Romano, EW.com, 19 Sep. 2022 Nicki Minaj has been in a rage for several days now. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2022 All this is proof, the state says, that the bullet was the only thing that broke the glass that night; that Patrick never shattered it in a rage. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 15 Apr. 2022 The late hit by the former Wenonah High School standout drew a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness and sent Eagles coach Nick Sirianni into a rage. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 20 Aug. 2022 During the filming of a birthday episode, a balloon accidentally pops and sends Gordy, a real chimp on the set, into a rage. Zack Sharf, Variety, 26 July 2022 The survey asked whether people had broken things while in a game rage, and almost one in five said yes. Eric Griffith, PCMAG, 22 Aug. 2022 Easterling’s new duet was her solemnly dumping all the biscuits in the trash in a faux jealous rage. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 19 Aug. 2022 Her reactions have ranged from exploding in profane rage at officials to displaying grace in rare defeat. Curtis Bunn, NBC News, 10 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the war continuing to rage, the White House is expected to send a supplemental request to Congress for a second multibillion-dollar aid package by the end of the week, aides and lawmakers said. WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 For now, rental agents are again permitted to collect fees from tenants, but that debate continues to rage on at the Department of State. Frederick Peters, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 But with the pandemic continuing to rage — and the film industry still ailing greatly as a result — this year’s Telluride will hardly be business as usual. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 The hot and dry conditions also mean that fires will spread more quickly, rage more intensely and burn for longer. Nouran Salahieh, CNN, 7 Sep. 2022 By Monday afternoon, the debate continued to rage on social media from experts and fans alike, as well as dissections of screen-grab images of the play in question. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 30 Aug. 2022 Still, the latest snapshot on the overall U.S. job market remains strong even as inflation continues to rage and affect all types of businesses. Anne D'innocenzio, ajc, 12 Aug. 2022 The incident comes as debate continues to rage about transgender participation in female athletics, most recently in the case of University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas. Michael Lee, Fox News, 31 July 2022 The Oak Fire, one of California's biggest wildfires this year, continues to rage today. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rage


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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\ 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


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.


\ ˈrāj How to pronounce rage (audio) \

Medical Definition of rage

: violent and uncontrolled anger

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