rav·​ing | \ ˈrā-viŋ \

Definition of raving

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: irrational, incoherent, wild, or extravagant utterance or declamation usually used in plural



Definition of raving (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : talking wildly or irrationally a raving lunatic
2 : ravishing a raving beauty

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Trump’s outbursts have been mostly discounted as the ravings of a crank, to be taken only somewhat seriously and not at all literally. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Rule of Law Is Crumbling Further Each Day Under Trump," 10 June 2018 In a pair of lawsuits … the parents of two children who died in the [2012 shooting] say Jones’ repeated lies and conspiratorial ravings have led to death threats. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: New coalition aims to improve Democratic messaging against Trump," 18 Apr. 2018 Though more muted than Nixon’s ravings, their disapproval ultimately had more influence on his career. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "At 89, legendary psychiatrist and marijuana advocate still wonders about Harvard professorship," 28 Apr. 2018 Detroit band Protomartyr's best album crackles with unrelenting dread, which percolates out from frontman Joe Casey's mad-prophet ravings. Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, "The 17 Best Albums of 2017: Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and Other Favorites," 22 Dec. 2017 There Mitchell lived with his erratic wife, Martha, whose ravings would draw attention as Mitchell became mired in the Watergate scandal. Ray Locker, USA TODAY, "New book puts readers inside the Watergate, one of Washington's most notorious addresses," 19 Feb. 2018 The demented partisan ravings of former intelligence chief James Clapper don’t inspire much confidence that that branch of government has been in very capable hands either. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Prosecution Is Weakening," 6 Feb. 2018 The Washington Examiner’s Byron York cheerfully assented to Dobbs’s ravings. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Democracy Has Survived a Year of Trump. But the Fight Isn’t Over.," 23 Jan. 2018 And sadly for Republicans, his statements seem to be less the ravings of a cranky old man complaining about deli portion sizes and more portents of midterms to come. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Socialist Buzzkill Bernie Sanders Is Already Plotting His Revenge on the Rich," 18 Dec. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: talking or acting in a crazy way

: very great

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