Definition of rabid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈræbəd/
Pronunciation: /ˈreɪbəd/


1Having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something: the show's small but rabid fan base a rabid ideologue she's expecting more rabid support from the hometown fans
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  • There're idiots and rabid fanatics on both sides.
  • In the process, he has been hailed as a prescient genius and dismissed as a rabid extremist, but almost always recognised as a novelist of great power and originality.
  • Really, the rabid support for gun ownership stateside comes from an ideal that the people should be able to, if necessary, mount an armed resistance to a tyrannical and corrupt government for the purposes of revolution.
2(Of an animal) affected with rabies.
Example sentences
  • As a result of haphazard and inadequate culling, there is now a plague of rabid foxes affecting villages and cities in an arc across the Alps from Austria, through Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia to Poland.
  • You could get stitched up and receive rabies vaccinations if you got mauled by a rabid dog.
  • He went on to develop a rabies vaccine that was made from the spinal cords of rabid rabbits.
2.1Of or connected with rabies.



Pronunciation: /rəˈbɪdədi/


Pronunciation: /ˈræbədli/
Example sentences
  • Every one of the game's leading practitioners holds an opinion, invariably rabidly positive or sneeringly negative.
  • Mention reverse mergers to investment professionals, and you'll get one of two reactions: they're either enthusiastically for or rabidly against them.
  • Unfortunately the rabidly right-wing rag (nice bit of alliteration there) has a circulation in excess of 2.4 million and a readership of over 6 million.


Example sentences
  • Disrespecting a woman in a bar, as you may have observed, invites all manner of chest-thumping male heroism and screeching female rabidness.


early 17th century (in the sense 'furious, madly violent'): from Latin rabidus, from rabere 'to rave'.

  • rage from [ME]:

    In medieval times rage could also mean ‘madness’. It goes back ultimately to Latin rabere ‘to rave’, which is also the source of rabies, and early 17th-century rabid of which the early sense was ‘furious, madly violent’ (DickensDombey and Son: ‘He was made so rabid by the gout’). The sense ‘affected with rabies’ arose in the early 19th century. Since the late 18th century something that is the subject of a widespread temporary enthusiasm or fashion has been described as the rage or all the rage to mean ‘very popular or fashionable’. In 1811 the poet Lord Byron wrote that he was to hear his fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘who is a kind of rage at present’. Bad drivers have always caused annoyance, but with increasing traffic and pace of life some people are now provoked into road rage. The phrase is first recorded in 1988, since when many other kinds of rage have been reported, among them air rage, trolley rage in a supermarket, and even golf rage. Enrage dates from the late 15th century.

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Syllabification: rab·id

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