angry fury; violent anger (sometimes used in combination): a speech full of rage;
incidents of road rage.
a fit of violent anger:
Her rages usually don’t last too long.
fury or violence of wind, waves, fire, disease, etc.
violence of feeling, desire, or appetite:
the rage of thirst.
a violent desire or passion.
ardor; fervor; enthusiasm:
poetic rage.
the object of widespread enthusiasm, as for being popular or fashionable:
Raccoon coats were the rage on campus.
Archaic. .
to act or speak with fury; show or feel violent anger; fulminate.
to move, rush, dash, or surge furiously.
to proceed, continue, or prevail with great violence:
The battle raged ten days.
(of feelings, opinions, etc.) to hold sway with unabated violence.
all the rage, widely popular or in style.
Contemporary Examples

When all the questions had been considered and exhausted, what remained was rage.
India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux Kranti Rai March 21, 2014

Romney’s remarks have given conservatives reason to vent their rage at liberals and the media.
When a Candidate Loses Control Michael Tomasky September 17, 2012

rage shares that ambition, even though its release is gimmicky.
Jude Law in Drag Caryn James September 22, 2009

Zack [of rage] and I never really got deep on the Palestinian issue.
Frenemies: The Curious, Clashing Relationship of Obama and Netanyahu (VIDEO) The Daily Beast Video April 25, 2012

His rage was his own, and it must have been building in him those years when he was so quiet and withdrawn.
Adam Lanza: Newtown Massacre Suspect a Puzzle to Authorities Michael Daly December 16, 2012

Historical Examples

Then Jory, embarrassed and stammering, in his turn flew into a rage.
His Masterpiece Emile Zola

Banstead’s blatant folly had been enough to set any man in a rage.
Viviette William J. Locke

Lady Rookwood’s rage and vexation at this indignity were beyond all bounds.
Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth

What damned jolly fun it will be to send her out of the house in a rage!
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald

“Think of others as well as yourself,” replied the old man in a rage.
It Is Never Too Late to Mend Charles Reade

intense anger; fury
violent movement or action, esp of the sea, wind, etc
great intensity of hunger, sexual desire, or other feelings
aggressive behaviour associated with a specified environment or activity: road rage, school rage
a fashion or craze (esp in the phrase all the rage)
(Austral & NZ, informal) a dance or party
verb (intransitive)
to feel or exhibit intense anger
(esp of storms, fires, etc) to move or surge with great violence
(esp of a disease or epidemic) to spread rapidly and uncontrollably
(Austral & NZ, informal) to have a good time

c.1300, “madness, insanity; fit of frenzy; anger, wrath; fierceness in battle; violence of storm, fire, etc.,” from Old French rage, raige “spirit, passion, rage, fury, madness” (11c.), from Medieval Latin rabia, from Latin rabies “madness, rage, fury,” related to rabere “be mad, rave” (cf. rabies, which originally had this sense), from PIE *rebh- “violent, impetuous” (cf. Old English rabbian “to rage”). Similarly, Welsh (cynddaredd) and Breton (kounnar) words for “rage, fury” originally meant “hydrophobia” and are compounds based on the word for “dog” (Welsh ci, plural cwn; Breton ki). In 15c.-16c. it also could mean “rabies.” The rage “fashion, vogue” dates from 1785.

mid-13c., “to play, romp,” from rage (n.). Meanings “be furious; speak passionately; go mad” first recorded c.1300. Of things from 1530s. Related: Raged; raging.


A good party: This is a rage, man (Australian 1980+, Canadian 1990s+)
see: all the rage

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