Definition of rampage in English:



Pronunciation /ramˈpeɪdʒ/
  • no object, with adverbial of direction (especially of a large group of people) move through a place in a violent and uncontrollable manner.

    ‘several thousand demonstrators rampaged through the city’
    • ‘The desperate peace moves came as gangs armed with guns and machetes rampaged through the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince in the latest outbreak of violence there.’
    • ‘There were men dressed in dark armor rampaging around the city with torches and weapons.’
    • ‘Group Four security staff were threatened and intimidated as gangs of detainees, some of them sporting home-made masks rampaged through the complex, the court was told.’
    • ‘The violence marked resumption of disturbances at the flashpoint Holy Cross primary school as Catholic parents and Protestant residents rampaged after a confrontation as the parents arrived to pick their children up.’
    • ‘Innocent victims caught up in the riots spoke last night of their terror as a mob rampaged along the streets they call home.’
    • ‘In 2001, protesters rampaged through Genoa in Italy.’
    • ‘Violent disturbances in 1998 and 1999 saw mobs of Asian youths hurl fireworks at police as they rampaged through the streets.’
    • ‘Leaving a trail of devastation behind him, a disgruntled store owner rampaged through a small Colorado town smashing buildings and cars with a makeshift armoured bulldozer.’
    • ‘They are also the insidious individuals who rampaged outside a dying man's home, and have taken advantage of a gullible collaborator regarding illegal billboards on his front lawn.’
    • ‘With the Hampshire police spotter plane circling above the scene the mob rampaged over cars and vans, smashing shop windows and trashing four police vehicles parked on a petrol station forecourt.’
    • ‘The Turks are rampaging across Asia, the first Crusaders are at the Empire's gates, and warfare is about to break out.’
    • ‘It was members of this group that rampaged through the city two weeks ago and have been hijacking vehicles and breaking into houses in the vicinity of parliament.’
    • ‘The second point that should be hammered home is that the hoodlums who rampaged through the Pune institute decided to express their sentiments after Laine's book had been withdrawn.’
    • ‘Hunters scoured thick forests today searching for a wild elephant that rampaged through villages on both sides of the India-Nepal border, trampling 12 people to death.’
    • ‘The government imposed a round-the-clock curfew after mobs of stick-wielding youths rampaged through the city on Friday after a dispute between residents in a suburb escalated into a riot.’
    • ‘This remains a graphic account of the Gordon Riots, when the London mob, inspired by anti-Catholicism, rampaged across the capital until stopped by the firm hand of George III.’
    • ‘In the film, Douglas suddenly cracks one day while waiting in one too many traffic jams before rampaging across the city with a gun.’
    • ‘In the latest incident, up to 100 youths aged from 13 to 18 rampaged at the John Burrows recreation ground in Rectory Road, Hadleigh.’
    • ‘The casualties came as police tried to control rioting mobs who rampaged through the city, burning and looting shops and stoning vehicles.’
    • ‘Football hooligans have already been captured on television rampaging through the streets of Portugal.’
    rush madly, rush wildly, riot, run riot, go on the rampage, run amok, go berserk, storm, charge, tear
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Pronunciation /ramˈpeɪdʒ//ˈrampeɪdʒ/
  • usually in singular A period of violent and uncontrollable behaviour by a group of people.

    ‘thugs went on the rampage and wrecked a classroom’
    • ‘A while ago some elephants got loose in Seoul and went on a rampage.’
    • ‘A gang of drunken youths robbed a woman and attacked passers-by when they went on the rampage in the centre of York.’
    • ‘They went on the rampage pushing over marble and granite headstones and smashing family's memorials to their loved ones.’
    • ‘Children as young as 12 were part of a drunken gang of up to 150 youngsters who went on the rampage in Milnrow.’
    • ‘Police also went on the rampage after the demonstration, attacking shoppers and arresting children.’
    • ‘His supporters, however, were enraged by the verdict, and went on a rampage, setting fire to the state buildings.’
    • ‘An angry pensioner is offering a £500 reward after vandals went on a weekend rampage.’
    • ‘Hamer residents say they are living in fear after gangs went on the rampage and vandalised cars.’
    • ‘A year after football fans went on the rampage in Croydon the council says lessons have been learnt.’
    • ‘Thieves went on the rampage in the Kenmare and Sneem area early on Friday morning when they raided a pub, restaurant and a local shop.’
    • ‘You don't need to don headgear and go on a rampage through the streets.’
    • ‘After a hard week of training, I was very ready to get involved in the mayhem of a pirate rampage.’
    • ‘Five nurses were attacked when a man went on the rampage through a South Yorkshire hospital, a judge heard.’
    • ‘A leading councillor has called for a major purge on problem youths after a gang of masked thugs carrying baseball bats went on the rampage.’
    • ‘Diepsloot residents went on the rampage, stoning cars and burning two government buildings.’
    • ‘This is a guy who went on a rampage, killing people as they came at him, allegedly.’
    • ‘Terrified residents fled when a Rottweiler went on the rampage - attacking one woman and five dogs.’
    • ‘Property was destroyed as the Crown forces went on a lawless rampage.’
    • ‘Neil Griffin, who runs Clifton Hardware, suffered a broken window last week after youths went on the rampage with baseball bats.’
    • ‘After that the crowd went on a rampage of window breaking and looting.’
    berserk, out of control, wild, violent, frenzied, running amok, rioting, riotous, destructive, rampaging
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Late 17th century: perhaps based on the verb ramp and the noun rage.