Definition of raging in English:



  • 1Showing violent uncontrollable anger.

    ‘a raging bull’
    • ‘But it wasn't a raging bull; it was just terrified.’
    • ‘It is as challenging as being a matador who evades a herd of raging bulls.’
    • ‘However, what was once a test of strength that pitted one man against a raging bull is now a free-for-all in a large open space.’
    • ‘She just gave him a look that would have stopped a raging bull and gave him the pail.’
    • ‘He becomes a raging lion when he is angry, a tiny mouse when he is scared and a multitude of other forms depending on how he is feeling.’
    • ‘The mage obeyed, and summoned her strongest spells against the raging horde.’
    • ‘As the fight continued Amanda watched in fascination as her friendly innkeeper turned into a raging bull determined to tear his opponent limb from limb.’
    • ‘Several times we had to hastily rise up our feet as the raging bull was getting too close for comfort.’
    • ‘Her trained poodle had turned into a raging pit bull.’
    • ‘Surely you've got more sense than a raging bull, charging each time you see the matador's red rag!’
    • ‘This new fighter was no exception, they just didn't seem to learn, he was charging at Gytr like a raging bull complete with snorts and bellows.’
    • ‘Steel clattered, cries soared through the cerulean skies, rage unleashed, war came upon the raging countries.’
    • ‘Archers fired at the raging beast, but his powerful armour and great bulk absorbed the pitiful wooden arrows as if they were just light mosquito bites.’
    • ‘I, on the other hand, discovered the challenge of carrying a raging toddler over my shoulder, up a verdant hill, in high heels, only to watch him run right back down.’
    • ‘Too many people knowing what was going on in her life always ticked her off and she was like a raging bull ready to kill anyone who asked what was wrong.’
    • ‘Whenever he sees this colour, he turns into a raging, seething, out-of-control ruffian!’
    • ‘The man could laugh at his own mistakes, but turned into raging bull whenever I made one.’
    • ‘At the height of the violence a raging gang of 40 men bombarded the pub with bricks and customers were forced to barricade themselves in the landlord's living quarters in fear of their lives.’
    • ‘Even if you make the eight-second limit, dismounting is still jumping off a raging bull and landing in the dirt.’
    • ‘Will Edwards bite the bullet, silence raging campaign staff and be a good Veep for the good of the party and himself?’
    angry, furious, enraged, incensed, infuriated, irate, wrathful, seething, fuming, blazing, flaming mad, blazing mad, mad, ranting, raving, beside oneself
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    1. 1.1 Continuing with great force or intensity.
      ‘the stream could become a raging torrent in wet weather’
      ‘her raging thirst’
      • ‘As the Cavanaghs rounded the corner, they stumbled into a raging party celebrating Armagh's win.’
      • ‘Almost 40 soldiers braved a raging fire and potentially lethal asbestos fumes as they tackled a warehouse blaze in the early hours of yesterday morning.’
      • ‘The raging fire light up the sky as the storm continued.’
      • ‘The war is just one issue that has sparked a raging debate among trade unionists about whether unions should continue to fund Labour while it attacks their members.’
      • ‘A firestorm is violent, has raging winds, and has extremely high temperatures; but fortunately it does not spread very rapidly.’
      • ‘The commercial tells the tale of the brave Kerryman who undertook a gruelling 35-mile walk in a raging blizzard to summon help for the rest of his expedition.’
      • ‘His sister jumped in to save him only to be left struggling in the raging sea as the surfer tried to hang on to her.’
      • ‘Police were last night continuing their investigations into how a car plunged into a raging river, killing four men and injuring one.’
      • ‘I had a raging thirst and there was tubing running through my nose and down the back of my throat, which felt incredibly dry.’
      • ‘As the two candidates continued to trade barbs, it was the raging conflict that grabbed the most attention.’
      • ‘Several years ago, I watched one of those 911 real life rescue shows in which a man had chanced to see a child fall into a reservoir in the middle of a raging flood.’
      • ‘Countless seafarers have been dragged into watery graves by the raging maelstrom that inhabits the two-mile strip of open water between the Hebridean islands of Jura and Scarba.’
      • ‘Eventually, her eyelids closed and she fell asleep dreaming of wild woods, raging storms and open seas.’
      • ‘Seventeen miles up-valley, a raging creek flows in clear to join the silty Soler, an unnamed peak filling the V between the two streams.’
      • ‘It's the type of band you wish you could see at a raging party in your friend's basement but instead have to shell out mega-bucks to see on a mega-tour at a baseball stadium.’
      • ‘Simon said he has grown accustomed to regularly hearing what sounds like a raging party downstairs - usually after midnight.’
      • ‘The sweet flowing stream turned into a raging torrent.’
      • ‘The Coast Guard say many citizens who survived the deadly winds and raging flood waters are now dying of heat and starvation because the rescue effort is just too slow.’
      • ‘I sauntered through the upstairs hall, reluctant to go out into the raging blizzard outside.’
      • ‘A torrent of raging water swept in, almost killing them.’
      stormy, violent, strong, wild, turbulent, tempestuous, blustery
      severe, extreme, huge, excessive, very great, inordinate
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    2. 1.2informal Tremendous.
      ‘he had been a raging success in Spain’
      • ‘It was a raging success, with visits to the Dalaro website and the fictional Soto's page totalling more than half a million hits.’
      • ‘I admire the inventiveness, and while not everything is a raging success, there's a lot to like.’
      • ‘If that's what they had in mind, it was a raging success.’
      • ‘The Swindon Auction Rooms are now closed but their final sale was a raging success.’
      • ‘But with the right mix of supervision, freedom and restraint, it could be a raging success.’
      • ‘While it wasn't a raging success for soccer, the protector did have the side effect of increasing the competitiveness of the girls due to increased confidence.’
      • ‘The Holiday Pledge Drive, into which the current round of fundraising seems to have evolved, has been a raging success.’
      • ‘There were some tears of course, and one very minor tantrum, but all in all I think it is safe to say that the school Easter bonnet parade was a raging success with the critics.’
      • ‘A gathering of more than 30 top city dignitaries met at York's Norwich Union Life headquarters to celebrate the raging success of York Business Pride.’
      • ‘They use the raging success of the single to slingshot the album into the charts straight to #49.’
      • ‘The annual singer-songwriter festival that happened this past Canada Day was a raging success by any standards.’
      • ‘And by that standard, the third quarter was a raging success.’
      • ‘The arrival of a U.S. colonel and his aides in Hercules C130 military transport planes, however, proved to be a raging success.’
      • ‘The screening in the big theater, loaded with folks from 7 to 70, was a raging success.’
      • ‘Due to the raging success of our products, money coming in has been able to finance improvements to keep up with the demand for product going out.’
      • ‘For Paul to emerge as a leading candidate, he'll have to turn his current assignment into a raging success.’
      • ‘My third climb with Patrick was a raging success.’
      • ‘Whilst many residents may disagree, the Pattaya Music Festival 2002 was a raging success with more people than ever seen before on the city's streets.’
      • ‘Today, his Arkansas-based timber company is a raging success.’
      • ‘Personally, I thought that Guest Week was a raging success.’