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1 a state of wildly excited activity or emotion
  • found her at home in a rage of scrubbing and cleaning in preparation for the rabbi's visit

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3 a practice or interest that is very popular for a short time
  • there was time when playing with Frisbees was all the rage

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4 archaic a serious mental disorder that prevents one from living a safe and normal life
  • the king's last years were spent in a lonely rage

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Synonyms & Antonyms of rage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to express one's anger usually violently
  • the series of bad calls prompted the coach to rage about the refereeing

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2 to be excited or emotionally stirred up with anger
  • still raging about his assistant's burnt pies, the pastry cook forgot to add the egg whites to his cake batter

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Frequently Asked Questions About rage

How does the noun rage differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of rage are anger, fury, indignation, ire, and wrath. While all these words mean "an intense emotional state induced by displeasure," rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion.

shook with rage

could not contain his fury

Where would anger be a reasonable alternative to rage?

The words anger and rage can be used in similar contexts, but anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity.

tried to hide his anger

When can indignation be used instead of rage?

While in some cases nearly identical to rage, indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful.

a comment that caused general indignation

In what contexts can ire take the place of rage?

While the synonyms ire and rage are close in meaning, ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling.

cheeks flushed with ire

When is it sensible to use wrath instead of rage?

The synonyms wrath and rage are sometimes interchangeable, but wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge.

I feared her wrath if I was discovered

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The first known use of rage was in the 14th century

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“Rage.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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