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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

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The question is whether LeftTube—quirky, funny, and grounded in the basic laws of decency and logic—can significantly expand the audience for its politics and help offset the addled ravings of the conservative fringe. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 Listen to his irrational raving, the vice president urged. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists’ Review: Blue Collars, Stained With Ink," 24 Jan. 2019 For several years, Joe McCarthy’s paranoid ravings about the communist conspiracy held Washington in a state of terror. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Going to Lose His War on Football," 5 June 2018 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

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of raving

: talking or acting in a crazy way
: very great

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