from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To speak or act in violent anger: raged at the mindless bureaucracy.
  • intransitive v. To move with great violence or intensity: A storm raged through the mountains.
  • intransitive v. To spread or prevail forcefully: The plague raged for months.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Violent uncontrolled anger.
  • n. A current fashion or fad.
  • v. To act or speak in heightened anger.
  • v. To move with great violence, as a storm etc.
  • v. To enrage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. A violent or raging wind.
  • n. The subject of eager desire; that which is sought after, or prosecuted, with unreasonable or excessive passion.
  • intransitive v. To be furious with anger; to be exasperated to fury; to be violently agitated with passion.
  • intransitive v. To be violent and tumultuous; to be violently driven or agitated; to act or move furiously.
  • intransitive v. To ravage; to prevail without restraint, or with destruction or fatal effect.
  • intransitive v. To toy or act wantonly; to sport.
  • transitive v. To enrage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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. 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.

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

  • 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


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

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin rabia, from Latin rabiēs, from rabere, to be mad.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French raige, rage (French: rage), from Medieval Latin rabia, from Latin rabies ("anger fury").



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