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 Tubman was almost superhuman in how her rage never really manifested itself. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "Q&A with Dorothy Wickenden, author of ‘The Agitators’," 29 Apr. 2021 Hickory, North Carolina, police have identified a suspect accused of fatally shooting a 7-year-old boy Tuesday in a possible night road-rage incident. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "NC police identify man suspected of killing 7-year-old in road rage incident," 24 Apr. 2021 Jushawn Brown was arrested by Chicago police after he was identified as a person who fired shots at another vehicle in traffic in Tuesday’s road-rage incident. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Man faces weapons charge in connection with Lake Shore Drive road-rage shooting that left toddler critically injured," 8 Apr. 2021 Police have said a smaller silver SUV may have been involved in what appeared to be a road-rage shooting. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Reward raised to $25,000 for information about fatal shooting of University Park man on Dallas highway," 15 Mar. 2021 An off-duty San Diego Police Department officer allegedly flashed a gun at a woman in a threatening manner Thursday morning during a road-rage incident in Clairemont, police said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Off-duty SDPD officer arrested for allegedly flashing gun during road-rage incident," 4 Mar. 2021 The case involved 40-year-old Michael Thue of Traverse City, who pleaded guilty in 2019 to a road-rage incident of assault and battery, then was sentenced to a year on probation – but without permission to use medical marijuana. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan appeals court OKs medical marijuana for those on probation," 16 Feb. 2021 Days before Hayes’ jury selection began, former NFL player Joe McKnight was shot to death during a road-rage encounter in Terrytown. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Convictions of ex-Saints player Will Smith's killer, Cardell Hayes, tossed by U.S. Supreme Court," 11 Jan. 2021 To have the economy rage and be great with jobs and everybody be happy. Lesley Stahl, CBS News, "The 60 Minutes interview that President Trump cut short," 26 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Finally, the great email debate continues to rage in terms of how to communicate with employees. Susan Hunt Stevens, Forbes, "How Purpose-Based Initiatives Can Help Stressed-Out Employees," 16 Apr. 2021 Farther south, in Fresno and Madera counties, the Creek Fire continues to rage, mostly in wilderness near Shaver Lake in Fresno County. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Trump to visit Sacramento on Monday as fires continue to burn," 12 Sep. 2020 This year, Argentina and the world are marking the centenary of Piazzolla’s birth, even as the coronavirus continues to rage. Los Angeles Times, "They called him tango’s assassin. But Astor Piazzolla’s musical reboot made him a legend," 15 Apr. 2021 Spokane: The coronavirus pandemic continues to rage in the Spokane region, with outbreaks linked to long-term care facilities and the Airway Heights Corrections Center. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Tree boom, suncatchers, tracing changes: News from around our 50 states," 10 Dec. 2020 Wildfires this year are increasingly engulfing people’s homes, continuing to rage in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Max Horberry, Star Tribune, "After wildfires stop burning, a danger in the drinking water," 8 Oct. 2020 Wildfires, which turned skies a dim orange over cities from Seattle to Santa Cruz this year, are increasingly engulfing people’s homes, continuing to rage in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado in recent weeks. Max Horberry, New York Times, "After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water," 2 Oct. 2020 Many animals from livestock to pets need temporary shelter and care as wildfires continue to rage in the Bay Area on August 24, 2020. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Rescue network forged by years of Bay Area wildfires saves animals large and small," 25 Aug. 2020 The committee attributed the cancellation to a desire to keep community members, participants, and neighbors safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage. Charlie Mckenna, BostonGlobe.com, "Dorchester Day parade canceled for second straight year," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of rage was in the 14th century

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“Rage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rage. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for rage

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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