raging

adjective

rag·​ing ˈrā-jiŋ How to pronounce raging (audio)
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.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of raging was in the 15th century

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“Raging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raging. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

raging

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

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