Two people expressing rage.
- An example of rage is someone screaming at the top of their lungs, holding a bat and charging toward another person.
- An example of rage is the force of a tornado.
- Obs. insanity
- a furious, uncontrolled anger; esp., a brief spell of raving fury
- a great force, violence, or intensity, as of the wind
- strong emotion, enthusiasm, or desire
Origin of rageOld French ; from Late Latin rabia, rage, madness; akin to rabere, to rage: see rabid
- to show violent anger in action or speech
- to be forceful, violent, uncontrolled, etc.: a raging sea, a raging fever
- to spread unchecked, as a disease
(all) the rage
- a. Violent, explosive anger. See Synonyms at anger.b. A fit of anger.
- Furious intensity, as of a storm or disease.
- A burning desire; a passion: a rage for innovation in music.
- A current, eagerly adopted fashion; a fad or craze: when torn jeans were all the rage.
intransitive verbraged, rag·ing, rag·es
- To speak or act in violent anger: raged at the mindless bureaucracy.
- To move with great violence or intensity: A storm raged through the mountains.
- To spread or prevail forcefully: The plague raged for months.
Origin of rageMiddle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *rabia, from Latin rabi&emacron;s, from rabere, to be mad.
(third-person singular simple present rages, present participle raging, simple past and past participle raged)
- (intransitive) To act or speak in heightened anger.
- (intransitive) To move with great violence, as a storm etc.