Definition of rage in US English:



  • 1Violent, uncontrollable anger.

    ‘her face was distorted with rage’
    ‘she flew into a rage’
    • ‘We must lay aside the quick, potent energy of blind rage and revenge, which can only power us to hasty judgements.’
    • ‘By the end of the manuscript, the copyeditor's monologue has gone on so long, the anger has turned into rage.’
    • ‘I know what my face looks like: it's black with rage, twisted with anger, naked and raw.’
    • ‘I could see the rage rise in his face as the guard kept whispering.’
    • ‘I am still burning with anger and rage and all that temper stuff of emotions!’
    • ‘There is a persistent pattern of the person pushing others away with rage or anger.’
    • ‘It was borne of anger and rage and that's what happened.’
    • ‘Alex is extremely intelligent with a propensity for fits of anger and uncontrollable rage.’
    • ‘They're calm and rational at times, but they may explode into inappropriate anger or rage at some perceived rejection or criticism.’
    • ‘Ramirez was speechless, the rage building in him.’
    • ‘No matter how neutral his face was, Chris' eyes burned with an almost uncontrollable rage.’
    • ‘Anger and outright rage at the computer, when it doesn't behave the way YOU want it to, may be a symptom of this kind of transference.’
    • ‘The bear roared in pain and rage, a horrible sound that shook the air and ground.’
    • ‘Diana's sadness slowly faded as she turned her attention towards Lethe, and an uncontrollable eruption of rage built up inside of her.’
    • ‘The spirit that drives me is not only fueled by my passion for justice but also by my anger and rage at the injustice I see and experience on a daily basis.’
    • ‘I was shaking now, with rage, and anger, both at myself and at the accuser.’
    • ‘It was the day before Christmas eve that police were called to a house in Manchester after an ex-soldier returned home in a drunken rage.’
    • ‘He remembered watching her passionate kiss with Nicholas and felt a jealous rage well up inside.’
    • ‘Many artists never get past their anger and inner rage, many have arguably have died trying.’
    • ‘After a moment, Simon sank onto the edge of his desk, the rage dying.’
    temper, fit of anger, fit of fury, fit of rage, fit of temper, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, towering rage, bad temper, pet, fit of pique, tantrum, fury, frenzy of anger, frenzy of rage, rampage, paroxysm of anger, paroxysm of rage, passion, bad mood, mood
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    1. 1.1 The violent action of a natural agency.
      ‘the rising rage of the sea’
      • ‘The heavens cry and moan as the wind's rage stirs up the burning tempest of the sky, tears are unleashed from the firmament, cold and tasteless.’
      • ‘Michi's eyes reflected the uncontrolled rage of the sea, and the frigid savagery of ice.’
    2. 1.2in singular A vehement desire or passion.
      ‘a rage for absolute honesty informs much western art’
      • ‘In the late 1770s a rage for stripes is found among the Americanophiles in France and in other countries hostile to England.’
      • ‘This rigid, yet elegant geometry asserts a rage for order.’
      • ‘But as always, this coexists with a rage for order, a need to analyse, to simplify, to compress.’
      • ‘Never in the history of the world has there been such a rage for exhibitionism.’
      • ‘A rage for opera had been growing in the country.’
      • ‘There is, in Kant's philosophy, a rage for order that leads him to attempt to solve as many philosophical questions as possible through each distinct part of his system.’
      craze, passion, fashion, taste, desire, craving, appetite, trend, vogue, fad, enthusiasm, love, obsession, compulsion, weakness, fondness, fixation, fetish, mania, fascination, preoccupation
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    3. 1.3with modifier An instance of aggressive behavior or violent anger caused by a stressful or frustrating situation.
      ‘desk rage’
      ‘sports rage’
      ‘PC rage’
      • ‘A recent journal article on desk rage identified shrinking workspaces as one pressure point in the office environment.’
      • ‘Air rage, DVT, in-flight radiation - these are flimsy reasons for staying out of the skies.’
      • ‘A great noise of clanging metal filled the air, and filled Ivya with a type of battle rage as she rained down blows on her brother.’
      • ‘Air rage on a flight to the sun cost 10 Irish holidaymakers hundreds of pounds each when they had to make their own way home.’
      • ‘And in sport we've had surf rage and lane rage in swimming pools.’
      • ‘First there was road rage, then air rage, and now parent rage.’
      • ‘Bron went to a battle rage as he attacked the Stalker.’
      fury, anger, wrath, outrage, indignation, passion, hot temper, spleen, resentment, pique, annoyance, vexation, exasperation, displeasure, bitterness, rancour, antagonism, hostility
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    4. 1.4the rage A widespread temporary enthusiasm or fashion.
      ‘video and computer games are all the rage’
      • ‘Overnight, cruises became all the rage - a fashionable and affordable escape for the middle class.’
      • ‘Although all the rage in Europe, the medication is not widely available in Canada, and treatment programs have to apply for special access from Ottawa.’
      • ‘Black wooden screens blend with transparent and translucent glass in a clean, minimalist style, which is all the rage now in Japan.’
      • ‘The principles underlying political speech apply in the Internet context just as easily as they did when parchment was all the rage.’
      • ‘Japanese cuisine has become all the rage in Shanghai, so much so that almost all of the top hotels in the city are featuring Japanese restaurants.’
      • ‘There's a new show coming from England that's all the rage.’
      • ‘Chinese mysticism was all the rage in those days when Spiritualism was everywhere and seances were popular.’
      • ‘I once went to a fashionable function when alfalfa sprouts were all the rage, and I don't have to tell you the evening lacked a certain pizzazz.’
      • ‘Style and fashion was all the rage this week as the Oscars took place last Sunday night.’
      • ‘As noted in these articles, at the moment when interest in classics is at its nadir in the schools, it is all the rage in popular entertainment.’
      • ‘Teeth-whitening is all the rage - increasing threefold over the past few years - for those who want a winning smile.’
      • ‘According to the science of phrenology, which was currently all the rage, such a brow hinted at intelligence and broadness of mind.’
      • ‘Compact guns are the rage right now, and generally that means both barrel and grip are shortened.’
      • ‘In addition to actual jean jackets, denim sports jackets are also all the rage in fashionable circles.’
      • ‘Archaeologists were more interested in the perfect preservation of many textiles which gave a unique insight into items of fashion all the rage in 14th century Hull.’
      • ‘Considered a fad diet by many, high-protein diets are currently all the rage.’
      • ‘At the height of the dotcom boom, cash shells were all the rage as fledgling companies with little more than an idea rushed to the stock market.’
      • ‘Contrasting colors are all the rage in the Spanish style, so using one bright color for the wall and another bright color for the border is certainly in order.’
      • ‘By the 1920s when this was filmed, this belief was widespread and all the rage.’
      • ‘Vintage styles are all the rage this season, so if you're patient enough you can actually find lots of goodies at select thrift shops in your area.’
      very popular, in fashion, in style, in vogue, the fashion, all the fashion, the craze, the latest craze, the thing, the latest thing, the vogue, all the vogue, in demand, in great demand, much sought-after, ultra-fashionable
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    5. 1.5literary Intense feeling, especially prophetic, poetic, or martial enthusiasm or ardor.


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  • 1Feel or express violent uncontrollable anger.

    ‘he raged at the futility of it all’
    with direct speech ‘“That's unfair!” Maggie raged’
    • ‘I remember cringing in the kitchen while he raged about drunkenly in the dark.’
    • ‘He raged at a stunned pressman who had asked the question.’
    • ‘Yatom raged at the decision, saying the judicial body was ‘cut off from the nation’ and announced he would run for a seat in the parliament.’
    • ‘Then I raged at the tech who happened to be there, demanding to know how this happened.’
    • ‘‘This administration knew about this at least three weeks ago,’ a red-faced, angry Dean raged at reporters.’
    • ‘I raged at them that they were ill & they didn't even care.’
    • ‘Lady Morgana raged at her newest assistant, who seemed just as incompetent as the rest.’
    • ‘Her parents raged at each other, as they often did in the middle of the night.’
    • ‘My temper has been short to the point of exploding, I have raged at the smallest thing.’
    • ‘Many girls raged at family members who appeared in court with, or against them.’
    • ‘She'd lost count of the number of times he had raged at her and in November 2002 she told him she was leaving the practice.’
    • ‘I recalled the way he'd raged at me, his eyes fastened on the old granite cliffs.’
    • ‘This book was written in 1935, and since then many have raged at the barbarity of their government's behaviour abroad.’
    • ‘She raged at Hallie, descending the stairs to face her.’
    • ‘Slapping his hands together in anger, he rages: ‘Right near where we are sitting now is the belly of the beast.’’
    • ‘Pournelle raged at the encroachment, demanded she leave and yelled ‘you've got no class!’’
    • ‘She'd forgotten that for the next few weeks she'd be sleeping only feet away from the man she'd mistakenly raged at earlier.’
    • ‘He was still yelling and raging when we reached the tomb and escaped into the outside world.’
    • ‘Her husband, she rages, should never have gone to war.’
    • ‘We have all raged at those dangerous idiots who insist on driving one-handed down the motorway at 80 mph while gabbling into a mobile phone.’
    be angry, be furious, be enraged, be incensed, be infuriated, seethe, be beside oneself, have a fit, boil, be boiling over, rant, rave, rant and rave, storm, fume, spit, breathe fire, burn
    protest strongly at, complain vociferously about, disagree violently with, oppose strongly, denounce
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    1. 1.1 Continue with great force or intensity.
      ‘the argument raged for days’
      ‘the children had to seek shelter while the storm raged’
      ‘at 3 a.m., the party was still raging’
      • ‘Students performed four scenes from the play, which is set at a time when civil war was raging in Ireland.’
      • ‘In Aceh, a struggle for independence has been raging, with varying degrees of intensity for almost thirty years.’
      • ‘Even today, argument rages in the naturalist community over the precise root of interspecies differentiation.’
      • ‘I clung onto a verandah post with a guy with a beard and while the water was raging all around us we clung onto each other.’
      • ‘Picture yourself as a peasant in your wood and daub hut, while the storms of the Northern Hemisphere winter rage outside and the snow lies deep upon the ground.’
      • ‘One hundred and twenty police officers were injured in violent riots that raged in Bradford overnight.’
      • ‘The war was still raging and would continue to do so for some weeks.’
      • ‘Winds just as strong rage from the Gulf of Alaska, infamous for terrible storms that drop several hundred inches of rain and snow annually.’
      • ‘The global warming debate still rages and scientists use statistics to prove their point in both the YES and the NO case.’
      • ‘As the war raged on, changes continued to take place in Britain.’
      • ‘In 1992 South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle was raging.’
      • ‘I stood on the deserted balcony in an effort to escape all the noise from the party raging on inside.’
      • ‘As you read this, over 30 wars and conflicts rage around the world, mostly created, maintained, and aggravated by men.’
      • ‘The lowest U.S. peacetime unemployment rate since 1957 has ignited a talent war raging through corporate America.’
      • ‘In terms of the industrial dispute raging over the future of a vital service, Crow has been here before.’
      • ‘Even as robotically assisted surgery is touted in the media, a legal battle is raging between the market's two major players.’
      • ‘The party raged into the early hours.’
      • ‘Argument will continue to rage over the research proposed by the Newcastle scientists.’
      • ‘Now, more than a decade later, a political battle rages between the forces of nationalism and Socialism.’
      • ‘The debate on facts and effects rages unabated.’
      be violent, be at its height, be turbulent, be tempestuous, be uncontrollable, thunder, rampage
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    2. 1.2with adverbial of direction (of an illness) spread very rapidly or uncontrollably.
      ‘the great cholera epidemic that raged across Europe in 1831’
      • ‘The bush fires are raging all round Sydney, the farmlands are parched but here is the rain and temperatures plunge to their lowest since 1924.’
      • ‘Arriving shortly before 3pm on Saturday, the fire brigade discovered that the garage door had been partly blown off and there was a severe fire raging inside.’
      • ‘As the blaze raged on fire chiefs decided it was too dangerous to tackle directly.’
      • ‘This spring I drove from southeast Arizona past the fires in the northern part of the state, and then by fires raging in New Mexico and Colorado.’
      • ‘A contemporary calendar said that: ‘The plague raged to such a degree that the living were scarce able to bury the dead’ and’
      • ‘As the fire raged, most of the people affected were given shelter in the home of neighbours.’
      • ‘With my illness still raging, I popped into the doctors yesterday.’
      • ‘Rob sat up, his fever was mostly broken, but it still raged at a dull throb.’
      • ‘With no fires raging, Williams had some time to share his lessons on the art of understanding fires and on what it takes to put them out.’
      • ‘The US Defense Secretary was trying to make sense of early unconfirmed reports that fires were raging in the oil-rich fields in the south.’
      • ‘The fire was raging through the area so quickly that people in the neighborhood were being herded onto buses and trucks to move them out of the path of the wildfire.’
      • ‘With the sprinkler systems disabled, the fires raged uncontrollably, weakening the steel and leading to the collapse of the buildings.’
      • ‘She jumped out of bed only to see fire raging, engulfing her room.’
      • ‘Labonte wasn't hurt in the ensuing blaze but with the fuel fire raging, he had to scramble to get free.’
      • ‘It's World AIDS Day, a time to remember that in some countries today a plague is raging on a scale not seen since the Middle Ages.’
      • ‘It took 50 firefighters and 150 members of the Norwegian Army nearly six hours to extinguish the fire raging at the crash site.’
      • ‘Its communications are still down and thermal scans of the ship show several massive fires raging in what we guess is its engineering section.’
      • ‘The background showed fires raging from buildings.’
      • ‘A couple of years ago, bush fires raged through Australia in 2001.’
      • ‘Thousands of acres of forest have also been lost to fires raging in Italy, where at least 60 heat-related deaths have been reported.’
    3. 1.3 (of an emotion) have or reach a high degree of intensity.
      ‘she couldn't hide the fear that raged within her’
      • ‘As if noting the internal annoyance raging behind my eyes, the boy in front of me laughed, his eyes lighting up as he did so.’
      • ‘Panic, rage, humiliation and fear raged through her as she realized what it meant.’
      • ‘Excitement raged through me when I spotted the desired CD.’
      • ‘Her emotions raged, the strongest being not sadness, but anger.’
      • ‘Warren stopped reading and just stared at the page, a feeling of confusion raging through his body.’
      • ‘Her curiosity was raging and she desperately wanted to see what was happening.’
      • ‘The President's face remained composed, masking the turmoil and terror raging within, as his cerebrum went into gridlock.’
      • ‘He stood there, unsure of the emotions raging inside his head.’
      • ‘Everyone seemed so happy, without a care in the world, polar opposite to the sadness, regret and fear raging inside him.’
      • ‘A feeling raged suddenly within me and my fists automatically clenched.’
      • ‘And our campuses have been witness to the anger that rages in the young minds against the war.’
      • ‘Tears started to sting at my eyes, rising from the storm of fear and anger and mortification that raged somewhere around my stomach.’
      • ‘Pathor fell to the ground with frustration raging inside him.’
      • ‘Loretta and Teresa had been gone a long time and Chandra's curiosity was raging.’
      • ‘The anger boiled and raged even more inside of me.’
      • ‘Anger over the plans has been raging since the summer.’
      • ‘He turned away from the other boy, fear, anger and confusion raging through him.’
      • ‘Alex stood there, watching them, jealousy raging inside him.’
      • ‘But he never imagined that his elder brother would be destroyed by the anger that had been raging inside for a long time.’
      • ‘Suddenly the flood of memories came to her and she frowned, anger raging within her.’
    4. 1.4informal Enjoy oneself at a party or other lively gathering, typically with drinking and music.
      ‘we're gonna rage through the weekend’


Middle English (also in the sense ‘madness’): from Old French rage (noun), rager (verb), from a variant of Latin rabies (see rabies).