rampage

verb
ram·​page | \ ˈram-ˌpāj How to pronounce rampage (audio) , (ˌ)ram-ˈpāj \
rampaged; rampaging

Definition of rampage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to rush wildly about

rampage

noun
ram·​page | \ ˈram-ˌpāj How to pronounce rampage (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rampageous (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After winning the battle for Federal Hall, the hard hats rampaged across Lower Manhattan. Jefferson Cowie, New York Times, "The ‘Hard Hat Riot’ Was a Preview of Today’s Political Divisions," 11 May 2020 For a year his unit rampaged across the Soviet Union. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "‘I have had, in my life, whole squadrons of guardian angels looking after me. There’s no other way.’," 6 May 2020 Over the course of 12 hours between April 18 and 19, the suspect rampaged through this quiet, rural corner of Canada, shooting some people dead and setting fires that killed others. Paula Newton, CNN, "His pregnant wife was killed in a mass shooting. Her dying wish was for healthcare workers to have PPE," 1 May 2020 Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a college in northeastern Kenya, killing at least 148 people. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 1 Apr. 2020 On Wednesday, groups of young men rampaged through Beirut’s commercial district, smashing window shops, cafes, banks and other businesses. Washington Post, "Lebanon at a crossroads after 100 days of protests," 24 Jan. 2020 Error 0: Earnest was working at the Life Care Center in Kirkland in late February when the novel coronavirus rampaged through the nursing home in the early stages of the pandemic. Mike Moffitt, Houston Chronicle, "The sickest all had red eyes, says nurse on front lines of coronavirus pandemic," 25 Mar. 2020 President Trump declared a national emergency over the then-already rampaging coronavirus on March 13th, a few days prior to my receipt of the message. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Where that coronavirus text from “a friend in the military” really comes from," 23 Apr. 2020 Italy, at the heart of Europe’s rampaging outbreak, announced nearly 800 new deaths and 6,600 new cases — its biggest day-to-day increase yet. Amy Forliti, BostonGlobe.com, "As virus spreads, growing need for hospital beds, supplies," 21 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wade Miller has been on a Twitter rampage this month. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Rep. Chip Roy’s staffer uses Twitter for profanity-laced rants," 24 June 2020 Former airman Dean Allen Mellberg went on a shooting rampage at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington, killing four people and wounding 22 others before being killed by a military police sharpshooter. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 20 June 2020 Dominic Reale, age 18, was charged with felony graffiti and may be charged with a hate crime after an alleged vandalism rampage that defaced 16 vehicles with racial slurs and graphic images. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Racially charged vandalism suspect in custody, may face hate crime charge," 15 June 2020 Nationally, as research brings to light more about the 1921 massacre, Tulsa increasingly is associated with the rampage in which white Tulsans razed a thriving black business community, killing as many as 300 people. Ellen Knickmeyer, Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Slap in the face’: Trump plans political rally in Tulsa, site of 1921 race massacre, on Juneteenth," 12 June 2020 Heemeyer killed himself after the rampage, which occurred on June 4, 2004, almost 16 years to the day of Carrillo’s attack. NBC News, "Man charged in deputy ambush scrawled extremist 'Boogaloo' phrases in blood," 12 June 2020 Neonakis has drawn other images in the sky to express his reaction to tragedy, including in April when nine people were killed in a murder rampage in Novia Scotia. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "A pilot drew out a tribute to George Floyd using only his airplane," 5 June 2020 For Miller’s circle, the rampage of Covid through prisons, the ICE gulag, and low-income neighborhoods, disproportionately affecting people of color, is not a bug but a feature. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Red Line," 4 June 2020 His plans and his reference to national socialism also recall the views of Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who in 2011 killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage in Norway. Fox News, "Norwegian gunman who attacked Oslo mosque sentenced to 21 years in prison," 11 June 2020

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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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The first known use of rampage was in 1672

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rampage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampage. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for rampage

rampage

verb
How to pronounce rampage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rampage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

rampage

noun
How to pronounce rampage (audio)

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

: an occurrence of wild and usually destructive behavior

rampage

noun
ram·​page | \ ˈram-ˌpāj How to pronounce rampage (audio) \

Kids Definition of rampage

: a period or instance of violent action or behavior

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