American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Violent, explosive anger. See Synonyms at anger.
- n. A fit of anger.
- n. Furious intensity, as of a storm or disease.
- n. A burning desire; a passion.
- n. A current, eagerly adopted fashion; a fad or craze: when torn jeans were all the rage.
- v. To speak or act in violent anger: raged at the mindless bureaucracy.
- v. To move with great violence or intensity: A storm raged through the mountains.
- v. To spread or prevail forcefully: The plague raged for months.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Madness; insanity; an access of maniacal violence.
- n. Violent anger manifested in language or action; indignation or resentment excited to fury and expressed in furious words and gestures, with agitation.
- n. Extreme violence of operation or effect; intensity of degree, force, or urgency: used of things or conditions: as, the rage of a storm or of the sea; the rage of fever or of thirst.
- n. Vehement emotion; generous ardor or enthusiasm; passionate utterance or eloquence.
- n. Vehement desire or pursuit; ardent eagerness, as for the attainment or accomplishment of something; engrossing tendency or propensity: as, the rage for speculation, for social distinction, etc.
- n. An object of general and eager desire or pursuit; fashion; vogue; fad: as, music is now all the rage.
- n. A violent wind.
- n. Synonyms Vexation, Indignation, etc. (see anger); frenzy, madness, raving.
- To be furious with anger; be excited to fury; be violently agitated with passion of any kind.
- To speak with passionate utterance, or act with furious vehemence; storm; rave.
- To act violently; move impetuously; be violently driven or agitated; have furious course or effect: said of things: as, a raging fever; the storm rages; war is raging.
- To frolic wantonly; play; frisk; romp.
- To be very eager or anxious.
- To enrage; chafe; fret.
- n. Violent uncontrolled anger.
- n. A current fashion or fad.
- v. intransitive To act or speak in heightened anger.
- v. intransitive To move with great violence, as a storm etc.
- v. obsolete To enrage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Violent excitement; eager passion; extreme vehemence of desire, emotion, or suffering, mastering the will.
- n. Especially, anger accompanied with raving; overmastering wrath; violent anger; fury.
- n. obsolete A violent or raging wind.
- n. The subject of eager desire; that which is sought after, or prosecuted, with unreasonable or excessive passion.
- v. To be furious with anger; to be exasperated to fury; to be violently agitated with passion.
- v. To be violent and tumultuous; to be violently driven or agitated; to act or move furiously.
- v. To ravage; to prevail without restraint, or with destruction or fatal effect.
- v. obsolete To toy or act wantonly; to sport.
- v. obsolete To enrage.
- v. be violent; as of fires and storms
- v. feel intense anger
- n. a state of extreme anger
- n. a feeling of intense anger
- v. behave violently, as if in state of a great anger
- n. an interest followed with exaggerated zeal
- n. something that is desired intensely
- n. violent state of the elements
- Old French raige, rage (French: rage), from Medieval Latin rabia, from Latin rabies ("anger fury"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin rabia, from Latin rabiēs, from rabere, to be mad. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Every kind of licentious language and actions was practised in the worship of these deities, accompanied with a frantic rage called orgies, from the Greek word for _rage_.”
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“Lord reigns, though the people be stirred with indignation at it; though they fret away all their spirits, their rage is all in vain.”
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