Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or affected by rabies.
  • adjective Raging; uncontrollable.
  • adjective Extremely zealous or enthusiastic; fanatical.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin rabidus, from rabere, to rave.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Latin rabidus, from rabere ("to rave").

Examples

  • I responded supporting the author and used the term rabid, as she did, to side with her.

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  • Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, says she's scared of what she calls the rabid Republican who lives across the street from her house.

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  • Mugridge seemed to be in rabid fear of the water, and he exhibited a nimbleness and speed we did not dream he possessed.

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  • BATF has a history in rabid enforcement of gun laws against people who have little or no means to fight back.

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  • And there is a fundamental problem with logic: why are those people that he identifies as rabid anti-Semites confiding in him of all people, and revealing their innermost thoughts to him?

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  • Ms. DICKINSON: Well, use of the word rabid and party in the same sentence, not so much.

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  • Mugridge seemed to be in rabid fear of the water, and he exhibited a nimbleness and speed we did not dream he possessed.

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  • Teams that have a large amount of fans that have such an obsession with their team that their lives are practically based around the team are often called rabid fans (OhioFinFan4Life).

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  • As to "rabid" - that may be a bit extreme almost said "bite" extreme but the fact that ms. closedmind resorts to Michelle Malkin as a proof-source should make everyone on the planet shutter.

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  • Some older voters recall the rabid anti-Semites once prominent in the American far-right as well as the more genteel exclusionism practiced by more refined upper-class Republicans.

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