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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

Examples of raving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Play: Virtual poker games and remote raving are among the ways that people across the U.S. are socializing in the time of coronavirus. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Your Monday Briefing," 23 Mar. 2020 The deranged corporate messaging from the company itself, which slowly devolved from standard pablum to the demented ravings of a death cult. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Doom Eternal Is a Dizzying Catastrophe," 17 Mar. 2020 The ravings of Fox News hosts can send U.S. troops to the border. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "Can “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Save Us from Donald Trump?," 4 Mar. 2020 Much has happened over the past few years to reinforce this impression—from Trump’s unpredictable ravings on social media and at his rallies, to the outbursts of political violence in 2017 and 2018. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Our Frightening Moment Was Years in the Making," 8 Jan. 2020 Thus, Trump’s wannabe-autocrat ravings actually could help bolster an article of impeachment against him. Greg Sargent, The Denver Post, "Sargent: Trump is cornered — and panicking about it," 30 Sep. 2019 These sound like the ravings of an egomaniac who sees the world closing in on him. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "No Wonder the Economy Has Trump Spooked," 16 Aug. 2019 Because that may be his first thought of the moment or his first ramble or his first raving. NBC News, "Meet the Press - August 25, 2019," 25 Aug. 2019 The implication was that the real culprits of the era were not the policymakers in the White House but the critics baying their irrational ravings. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Trump Clarification Syndrome," 23 Aug. 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Raving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raving. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of raving

: talking or acting in a crazy way
: very great

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