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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 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 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

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First Known Use of raving


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/ravings. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of raving

: talking or acting in a crazy way
: very great

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