Definition of rampage in English:

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rampage

verb

Pronunciation: /ramˈpeɪdʒ/
[no object, with adverbial of direction]
(Especially of a large group of people) move through a place in a violent and uncontrollable manner: several thousand demonstrators rampaged through the city
More example sentences
  • There were men dressed in dark armor rampaging around the city with torches and weapons.
  • Football hooligans have already been captured on television rampaging through the streets of Portugal.
  • Innocent victims caught up in the riots spoke last night of their terror as a mob rampaged along the streets they call home.
Synonyms
rush wildly/madly, riot, run riot, go on the rampage, run amok, go berserk, storm, charge, tear;
rave
informal steam

noun

Pronunciation: /ramˈpeɪdʒ/
Pronunciation: /ˈrampeɪdʒ/
[usually in singular]
A period of violent and uncontrollable behaviour by a group of people: thugs went on the rampage and wrecked a classroom
More example sentences
  • This is a guy who went on a rampage, killing people as they came at him, allegedly.
  • Hamer residents say they are living in fear after gangs went on the rampage and vandalised cars.
  • Diepsloot residents went on the rampage, stoning cars and burning two government buildings.
Synonyms
berserk, out of control, wild, violent, frenzied, running amok, rioting, riotous, destructive, rampaging
North American informal postal

Derivatives

rampager

noun

Origin

Late 17th century: perhaps based on the verb ramp and the noun rage.

Words that rhyme with rampage

age, assuage, backstage, cage, downstage, engage, enrage, gage, gauge, mage, multistage, offstage, onstage, Osage, page, Paige, rage, sage, stage, swage, under-age, upstage, wage

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