a. Violent, explosive anger. See Synonyms at anger.
b. A fit of anger.
2. Furious intensity, as of a storm or disease.
3. A burning desire; a passion: a rage for innovation in music.
4. A current, eagerly adopted fashion; a fad or craze: when torn jeans were all the rage.
intr.v. raged, rag·ing, rag·es
1. To speak or act in violent anger: raged at the mindless bureaucracy.
2. To move with great violence or intensity: A storm raged through the mountains.
3. To spread or prevail forcefully: The plague raged for months.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *rabia, from Latin rabiēs, from rabere, to be mad.]
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