From Middle English, borrowed through Anglo-Norman rage, from Late Latin rabia, from Classical Latin rabiēs (“anger, fury”). Doublet of rabies. Displaced native Old English hātheortnes (“rage”) and Old English wēdan (“to rage”).
- Violent uncontrolled anger.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], →OCLC:
- They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
- A current fashion or fad.
- Miniskirts were all the rage back then.
- 1864, Samuel Greatheed, Daniel Parken, Theophilus Williams, The Eclectic Review (volume 7? volume 120? page 130)
- This rage for boulevardizing has destroyed the quaint, queer, pestilential streets of old Paris, through which it was our pleasure to wander many years since.
- (slang, US, Australia, New Zealand) An exciting and boisterous party.
- (obsolete) Any vehement passion.
- 1856 December, [Thomas Babington] Macaulay, “Samuel Johnson [from the Encyclopædia Britannica]”, in T[homas] F[lower] E[llis], editor, The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, new edition, London: Longman, Green, Reader, & Dyer, published 1871, →OCLC:
- He appeased the rage of hunger with some scraps of broken meat.
- air rage
- all the rage
- blind rage
- computer rage
- day of rage, Day of Rage
- desk rage
- fly into a rage
- paradoxical rage reaction
- pavement rage
- rage boner
- rage quit
- rage quitter
- rage room
- road rage
- roid rage
- 'roid rage
- trolley rage
- work rage
- wrap rage
- (intransitive) To act or speak in heightened anger.
- 2019 April 25, Hannah Beech, “Sri Lankan Accused of Leading Attacks Preached Slaughter. Many Dismissed Him.”, in The New York Times, New York, N.Y.: The New York Times Company, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2023-01-24:
- When a Muslim politician held a 50th birthday party, he [Zaharan Hashim] raged about how Western infidel traditions were poisoning his hometown, Kattankudy.
- (sometimes figurative) To move with great violence, as a storm etc.
- 1674, John Milton, “Book VI”, in Paradise Lost. […], 2nd edition, London: […] S[amuel] Simmons […], →OCLC, page 152:
- Horrible diſcord, and the madding Wheeles / Of brazen Chariots rag'd; dire was the noiſe / Of conflict; over head the diſmal hiſs / Of fiery Darts in flaming volies flew, / And flying vaulted either Hoſt with fire.
- 1922 October 26, Virginia Woolf, chapter 1, in Jacob’s Room, Richmond, London: […] Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, →OCLC; republished London: The Hogarth Press, 1960, →OCLC, page 11:
- The two women murmured over the spirit-lamp, plotting the eternal conspiracy of hush and clean bottles while the wind raged and gave a sudden wrench at the cheap fastenings.
- 2012 November 1, David M. Halbfinger, “New Jersey Continues to Cope With Hurricane Sandy”, in The New York Times, New York, N.Y.: The New York Times Company, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2023-04-04:
- Though the storm raged up the East Coast, it has become increasingly apparent that New Jersey took the brunt of it.
- 2014 June 24, Samuel Gibbs, “Google Glass go on sale in the UK for £1,000”, in The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2022-10-24:
- Debate has raged over whether Glass and smartglasses like it have any viable real-world use cases for consumers, or are more interesting to businesses where workers need hands-free access to information.
- 2016 January 25, Marina Koren, “The East Coast Digs Out”, in The Atlantic, Washington, D.C.: The Atlantic Monthly Group, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2021-07-24:
- As the storm raged, more than 85 million people—or more than one in every four Americans—were covered by some kind of blizzard or winter-storm advisory on Friday, according to weather.com.
- (slang, US, Australia, New Zealand) To party hard; to have a good time.
- 2012 August 2, Simon Reynolds, quoting Nathan Messer, “How rave music conquered America”, in The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2023-02-13:
- These events are all about raging hard, getting as fucked up as you can. Not necessarily even about dancing, just being a face in this giant extravaganza.
- (obsolete, rare) To enrage.
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act 2, scene 1], page 28, column 2:
- The King is come, deale mildly with his youth, / For young hot Colts, being rag'd, do rage the more.
- “rage, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
- “rage, v.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
- “rage”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
- Jonathon Green (2023), “rage n.”, in Green's Dictionary of Slang
- Jonathon Green (2023), “rage v.”, in Green's Dictionary of Slang
- (transitive, usually negated) to concern, to be of (someone's) business
- (transitive) to not concern, to not be any of (someone's) business
rage f or m (plural rages)
rage f (plural rages)
- rage (fury, anger)
- 1813, Les Attraits de la Morale, Ou la Vertu Parée de Tous Ses Charmes, et l'Art de rendre Heureux ceux qui nous entourent, page 179:
- “ […] , disoit St. Chrysostôme, […] Un homme en colère se punit le premier, en s’élevant et combattant contre lui-même, et s’enflammant de rage.”
- " […] , Saint Chrysostom says, […] An angered man punishes himself in the first place, rising and fighting against himself, and catching fire from rage."
- rabies (disease)
- 1935, Revista da produção animal, Instituto de Biologia Animal, page 47:
- Les chauves-souris Desmodus Rotundus infectéés naturellement transmettent la rage aux animaux.
- The naturally infected bats Desmodus rotundus transmit rabies to animals.
- → German: Rage
- “rage”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- inflection of :
- raige (uncommon)
rage f (plural rages)
- Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l’ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (rage, supplement)
rage f (plural rages)
- raige (uncommon)
a rage (third-person singular present rage, past participle not used) 3rd conj.
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