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rage sb. (the sense of ‘violent anger, furious passion’ is the commonest)
1. madness, insanity Err. IV. iii. 88, V. i. 48, Lr. IV. vii. 78 “the great rage, You see, is kill'd in him.”
2. angry or savage disposition Mer.V. V. i. 81 “stockish, hard, and full of ,” 1H4 III. i. 183 “harsh , Defect of manners.”
3. violent passion or appetite 2H4 IV. iv. 63 “rage and hot blood,” Lucr. 424, 468; sexual passion Ham. III. iii. 89.
4. poetic enthusiasm Sonn. xvii. 11 “So should . . . your true rights be term'd a poet's rage.”
5. warlike ardour, impetuosity, or fury John II. i. 265 “shall we give the signal to our rage,” R2 II. iv. 14 “to enjoy by and war,” 1H4 I. iii. 31, H5 III. i. 8, Lucr. 145 “in fell battle's rage.”
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