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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or affected by rabies.
  • adj. Raging; uncontrollable: rabid thirst.
  • adj. Extremely zealous or enthusiastic; fanatical: a rabid football fan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Affected with rabies.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to rabies, or hydrophobia.
  • adj. Furious; raging; extremely violent.
  • adj. very extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous; comparable to one with rabies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Furious; raging; extremely violent.
  • adj. Extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous.
  • adj. Affected with the distemper called rabies; mad.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to rabies, or hydrophobia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furious; raging; mad.
  • Specifically— Affected with rabies or hydrophobia, as a dog, wolf, horse, or man; hydrophobic; mad.
  • Pertaining to rabies: as, rabid virus.
  • Excessively or foolishly intense; rampant: as, a rabid Tory; a rabid teetotaler.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea
  • adj. of or infected by rabies

Etymologies

Latin rabidus, from rabere, to rave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin rabidus, from rabere ("to rave"). (Wiktionary)

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