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

Definition of rampage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to rush wildly about


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


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

Examples of rampage in a Sentence


Rioters rampaged through the streets of the city.


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The second began with the Black Death, which killed at least 30 percent of the population of Western Europe between 1346 and 1353 and then continued rampaging over the next 400-ish years. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Medieval European plague genomes hint at Black Death’s travels," 5 Dec. 2018 The trend would eventually rampage out of control in years to come, but The Big Chill set the standard — and the standard included at least one song by Aretha Franklin. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "7 iconic Aretha Franklin musical moments from movies and TV," 16 Aug. 2018 Since a shooter rampaged through their high school on Feb. 14 with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, killing 14 students and three staff members, March For Our Lives has organized more than 800 marches for gun control across the country. Jenny Jarvie, latimes.com, "With school out, Parkland students plan the next stage in their gun control campaign," 4 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If the Trump administration announces its largest deregulatory effort to date while the president is in the throes of a Twitter rampage, will anybody pay attention? Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Failure to Communicate," 2 Aug. 2018 McNamara, 56, a sports writer and editor for the Capital Gazette newspapers for more than two decades, was one of five victims of the June 28 rampage at the Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Capital Gazette's John McNamara eulogized as exemplary reporter who loved sports, community journalism," 10 July 2018 DeAngelo is suspected of a rampage of break-ins, rapes, and killings in California, from Sacramento to Los Angeles, and spanning more than a decade. refinery29.com, "Golden State Killer Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo Charged With 4 More Murders," 11 May 2018 Kavanaugh walked away from the father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was among 17 people murdered in the Valentine's Day rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "As a Parkland Shooting Survivor, This Is What I Want Brett Kavanaugh to Know About Gun Violence," 7 Sep. 2018 But Ubisoft’s rampage against racist trolls in the past week in Rainbow Six: Siege has given me hope that game developers are finally demonstrating the courage to change things. T.c. Sottek, The Verge, "Seeing Ubisoft ban jerks in Rainbow Six is now my favorite part of the game," 17 July 2018 The House vote and the Senate hearing came as students across the country walked out of their classes to demand tougher gun laws after the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, "As Students March for Gun Control, House Votes to Beef Up School Security," 14 Mar. 2018 Schools in the Philadelphia region have been on heightened alert following the the shooting rampage at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 dead. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "Gloucester County schools respond to online threats," 23 Feb. 2018 The Army psychiatrist in 2009 went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, killing 13 people and wounding dozens of others. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Military judge wants civilian attorneys arrested for quitting USS Cole case," 13 Feb. 2018

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1672, in the meaning defined above


1861, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rampage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

: an occurrence of wild and usually destructive behavior


ram·​page | \ˈram-ˌpāj \

Kids Definition of rampage

: a period or instance of violent action or behavior

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