rabid


rabid

rabid [rab-id] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for rabid on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. irrationally extreme in opinion or practice: a rabid isolationist; a rabid baseball fan.
  2. furious or raging; violently intense: a rabid hunger.
  3. affected with or pertaining to rabies; mad.

Origin of rabid 1605–15; Latin rabidus raving, furious, mad, equivalent to rab(ere) to rave, be mad + -idus -id4 Related formsrab·id·i·ty [ruh-bid-i-tee, ra-] /rəˈbɪd ɪ ti, ræ-/, rab·id·ness, nounrab·id·ly, adverbSynonyms for rabid See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com 1. zealous, fervent, ardent, fanatical, bigoted. Related Words for rabid frenzied, fanatical, delirious, zealous, enthusiastic, crazed, virulent, furious, fervent, berserk, bigoted, crazy, deranged, extreme, extremist, frantic, frenetic, hot, infuriated, insane Examples from the Web for rabid Contemporary Examples of rabid

  • This method works for TB, for cholera, for rabid animals—for just about everything.

    The CDC Was Wrong About How to Stop Ebola

    Kent Sepkowitz

    October 1, 2014

  • Which is why his efforts to justify his rabid consumption of football wind up feeling so slippery and convoluted.

    Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?

    Steve Almond

    September 11, 2014

  • But once EV-68 fizzles out, surely something new will fill its place in the rabid 24-hour all-crisis-all-the-time news cycle.

    Midwest’s ‘Mystery Virus’ Is Scary but Not Deadly

    Kent Sepkowitz

    September 8, 2014

  • Given the hoops mania, though, the gym is the largest in the state, capable of holding 3,000-plus rabid fans.

    Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own

    Robert Silverman

    August 31, 2014

  • The relatively lax immigration policy of the early 20th century gave way to rabid nativism in the 1920s.

    Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America’s Greatest Superhero

    Rich Goldstein

    August 16, 2014

  • Historical Examples of rabid

  • And as for aristocrats, my friend, there are none so rabid as the newly-converted.

    The Trampling of the Lilies

    Rafael Sabatini

  • “It’s a wonder, with his rabid temper, that he didn’t do so,” said O’Gorman.

    Mary Louise in the Country

    L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)

  • Then, as if to escape the subject, was her Uncle Nicholas as rabid a teetotaller as ever?

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • And at last they exterminated the rabid thing that ran among them.

    Lorraine

    Robert W. Chambers

  • He’s a rabid teetotaller for one thing, and he’s extremely religious.

    Lady Bountiful

    George A. Birmingham

  • British Dictionary definitions for rabid rabid adjective

    1. relating to or having rabies
    2. zealous; fanatical; violent; raging

    Derived Formsrabidity (rəˈbɪdɪtɪ) or rabidness, nounrabidly, adverbWord Origin for rabid C17: from Latin rabidus frenzied, mad, from rabere to be mad Word Origin and History for rabid adj.

    1610s, “furious, raving,” from Latin rabidus “raging, furious, enraged; inspired; ungoverned; rabid,” from rabere “be mad, rave” (see rage (v.)). Meaning “made mad by rabies” in English first recorded 1804. Related: Rabidly; rabidness.

    rabid in Medicine rabid [răb′ĭd] adj.

    1. Of or affected by rabies.

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