raging

adjective
rag·​ing | \ ˈrā-jiŋ How to pronounce raging (audio) \

Definition of raging

1 : causing great pain or distress
2 : violent, wild a raging fire
3 : extraordinary, tremendous a raging success

Examples of raging in a Sentence

The fire quickly turned into a raging inferno. The book was a raging success.
Recent Examples on the Web His disregard not just for the conventional norms of the office but, more importantly, his disregard for the truth in matters both personal and presidential add fuel to what was already a pretty raging fire. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, 14 Jan. 2020 Newsletter Sign-up The aggressive forecasts add to a raging debate among energy executives and analysts over what the coming decades may hold for the industry. Sarah Kent, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2018 So the American Whitewater Association created a seven-level standardized rating system covers everything from still water streams to continuous raging rapids for the more advanced river scout. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 2017 My Dad took us down to watch the raging water flow under the bridge. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, 2 Mar. 2018 Sessions’ comments, coupled with cable news’ nearly nonstop commentary, gives the impression of a raging discourse among economists over the economic impact of immigration. Benjamin Harris, Fortune, 11 Sep. 2017 So the American Whitewater Association created a seven-level standardized rating system covers everything from still water streams to continuous raging rapids for the more advanced river scout. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 2017 The whole raging battle had apparently been erased. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, 14 Jan. 2017 But in Canada, where a raging fire is threatening to destroy the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, firefighters stopped carrying shelters in 2005. Fernanda Santos, New York Times, 6 May 2016 See More

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First Known Use of raging

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Raging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raging. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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