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rabid

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Pronunciation: /ˈrabɪd
 
, ˈreɪ-/

Definition of rabid in English:

adjective

1Having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something: a rabid feminist
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
extreme, fanatical, overzealous, over-enthusiastic, extremist, violent, maniacal, wild, passionate, fervent, diehard, uncompromising;
intolerant, unreasonable, illiberal, bigoted, prejudiced, biased, partisan, one-sided
informal raving, gung-ho
British informal swivel-eyed
literary perfervid
2(Of an animal) affected with rabies: her mother was bitten by a rabid dog
More 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.
Synonyms
2.1Of or connected with rabies.

Origin

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

Derivatives

rabidity

1
Pronunciation: /rəˈbɪdɪti/
noun

rabidly

2
adverb
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.

rabidness

3
noun
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.

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