rampage

verb
ram·page | \ˈram-ˌpāj, (ˌ)ram-ˈpāj\
rampaged; rampaging

Definition of rampage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to rush wildly about

rampage

noun
ram·page | \ˈram-ˌpāj \

Definition of rampage (Entry 2 of 2)

: a course of violent, riotous, or reckless action or behavior

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Other Words from rampage

Noun

rampageous \ram-ˈpā-jəs \ adjective
rampageously adverb
rampageousness noun

Examples of rampage in a Sentence

Verb

Rioters rampaged through the streets of the city.

Noun

some crazy guy went on a rampage in the public library and started grabbing books off the shelves and tossing them around

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Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas at Palestinians who thronged the Gaza-Israel frontier and rampaged at a border terminal Friday as part of a weeks-long protest. Washington Post, "World Digest: May 4, 2018," 4 May 2018 After the invasion of #Volgograd, the horde have been rampaging in the stadium. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "If anyone actually cared about the White Sox, this would be a big deal," 21 June 2018 Every time a Japanese politician visited the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo, or denied the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, when rampaging Japanese troops slaughtered civilians in that city, hatred welled up online. Karoline Kan, New York Times, "A Chinese Town’s Deep Bonds With Japan Bring Wealth and Hatred," 15 May 2018 The movie picks up where the last movie ended, with dinosaurs rampaging through the fictional Isla Nublar. Fortune, "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Continues Stomping on Its Box Office Competition," 1 July 2018 In an effort to help society keep pace with the rampaging development of the technology, Microsoft President Brad Smith today is publishing a blog post calling for government regulation of facial recognition. Scott Thurm, WIRED, "Microsoft Calls For Federal Regulation of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018 In his city, on this very street, gangs were rampaging, people were trembling in fear, cars were burning, the sounds of machine-gun fire filled the air, people were taking terrible advantage of him. George Saunders, The New Yorker, "Little St. Don," 19 Feb. 2016 Ruya was stabbed on June 30, when police say a California transplant named Timmy Earl Kinner Jr. rampaged through the Wylie Street Station Apartments, attacking the birthday girl and eight others. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "‘She came to us like a dream’: Hundreds attend memorial for young stabbing victim," 7 July 2018 In years past, the summertime box office could always be counted on to deliver at least one mainstream comedy smash that would break out of the pack of superhero films, action spectacles and rampaging giant-monster epics. Josh Rottenberg, latimes.com, "The state of the big-screen summer comedy is no laughing matter. Can the genre get its mojo back?," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After surviving Jack the Ripper’s rampage, put some spook in your spokes with a zombie bike ride, or play it safe by hitting up a street fair with more than 120 vendors. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 The campus was closed immediately after the shooting rampage, and teachers returned to work last week on Wednesday. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe High School students return to school for first time since mass shooting," 29 May 2018 The campus was closed immediately after the shooting rampage, and teachers returned to work last week on Wednesday. Shelby Webb, San Antonio Express-News, "Santa Fe High School students face ‘heart-wrenching’ experience as they return to classes 11 days after mass shooting," 29 May 2018 Gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 and wounded 17 in the rampage on Valentine’s Day, firing into classrooms with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Erika Pesantes, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland shooting families outraged over cap on school district liability," 28 Apr. 2018 In the familiar aftermath of America's latest mass shooting, something new stood out: This time, the kids who survived the rampage were demanding to know why the adults who run the country had not done more to prevent it. Author: Elise Viebeck, Anchorage Daily News, "New critics emerge for lack of action on guns: Students," 16 Feb. 2018 Marshall County High School staff and some students had practiced how to respond to a school shooter before a sophomore shot and killed two and injured 21 more in a rampage Tuesday. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State Police had held active-shooter training at Marshall County High School," 24 Jan. 2018 Ferri also wounded six people during his shooting rampage inside the 48-story, glass and granite tower before turning his weapons on himself. Johnny Miller, SFChronicle.com, "Wayback Machine: 101 California Street shooting kills eight in 1993," 5 July 2018 Investigators say Cruz researched the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School before his own deadly rampage. Paula Mcmahon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland school shooter: Typical of today's mass killers," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of rampage

Verb

1672, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rampage

Verb

Scots

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rampage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rampage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to act or move in a wild and usually destructive way

rampage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rampage (Entry 2 of 2)

: an occurrence of wild and usually destructive behavior

rampage

noun
ram·page | \ˈram-ˌpāj \

Kids Definition of rampage

: a period or instance of violent action or behavior

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