Definition of ranter in US English:



  • 1A person who rants.

    ‘radio ranters and poison pen journalists’
    • ‘There is something about Kavanagh's bearing, a modesty and cool demeanour, which warns off the ranters.’
    • ‘He is not a ranter or raver which is great, because that is not what you want when things are going against you.’
    • ‘I always think of shows like this whenever a local media critic starts talking about the ranters on AM talk radio.’
    • ‘Who cares what a beady-eyed ranter on MSNBC says?’
    • ‘They were labelled ranters, hypocrites, animals.’
    • ‘I repeat it, because some ranters haven't understood something here apparently.’
    • ‘There's a sad lack of rationality here, and it's become pointless to try to reason with the ranters.’
    • ‘Isn't my sputtering rather feeble compared to the inspired apocalyptic rants being posted by some world class ranters?’
    • ‘All the same, these frustrated, hate-filled ranters should knock it off.’
    • ‘As a good ranter, I should be using examples here, but I am usually so disgusted by such behaviour on the part of a female writer that I promptly forget they exist.’
    • ‘However, late-night ranters on cable don't usually attract swing voters.’
    • ‘My mum isn't a ranter and raver like James, she just has an amazing ability to state the obvious, repeat herself and get on your nerves at times.’
    • ‘There were no ranters or rabble-rousers, just an invited audience of academics, writers, politicians and sombre party members.’
    • ‘For the weekend, I'll leave you with this, from another Yorkshireman who might have occasionally been something of a ranter.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, the ranters and the ravers don't dominate.’
    • ‘Now, allow the ranter to spew while you sit quietly, listening.’
    • ‘The campaign failed to define the man and his agenda on his own terms before the media and his rivals defined him, on theirs, as a one-note ranter.’
    • ‘Never a ranter, Roeder tried to remain calm as the wave began to break.’
    • ‘Many of the ranters are either ignored or gently calmed down by other posters there.’
    • ‘From the very earliest stages of his career he was a ranter.’
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  • 2A member of an antinomian Christian sect in England during the mid 17th century which denied the authority of scripture and clergy.

    • ‘Using a mixture of readings and commentary, he ranges from More's Utopia through the English Civil War period with its Levellers, Ranters and Diggers.’
    • ‘We learn how the ideas of the Ranters, Levellers and the Diggers filtered into the common-sense of this labouring class.’
    • ‘He was a compulsive controversialist, attacking the Ranters, the state Church, the law, and prejudice against women preachers in innumerable epistles and pamphlets.’
    • ‘Many similar groups, as well as the Ranters, took part in the famous Putney debates between the leadership around Fairfax and Cromwell and the Agitators, the tribunes of the rank and file.’
    • ‘In so doing, McDowell greatly extends our understanding of the intellectual roots of the Levelers, the Quakers, and the Ranters.’
    1. 2.1 (in the 19th century) a member of certain Nonconformist, in particular Methodist, groups.