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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
rabid liberals
▪ a rabid dog
▪ Major Arnold was greatly exercised over the possibility that Theodore might be rabid.
▪ Neither event was marked by screaming headlines or rabid editorials.
▪ Raccoons no longer trapped for their fur, have invaded suburbia around Washington and a few have recently been found to be rabid.
▪ So why are some fellow Republicans acting as if Bush were a rabid armadillo?
▪ Sometimes genuine letters are offered without the vital signature, some rabid autograph hunter having removed it at some period.
▪ Stephenson drew huge, rabid crowds on his barnstorming tours of the Indiana countryside.
▪ The little man would trot around, mumbling contentedly, reenacting heroic skirmishes with rabid Orks in cramped subterranean Squattish strongholds.
▪ The more rabid federalists became impatient with procedural delays and wanted to effect a return to the federal system at once.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rabid \Rab"id\ (r[a^]b"[i^]d), a. [L. rabidus, from rabere to rave. See Rage, n.]

  1. Furious; raging; extremely violent.

    The rabid flight Of winds that ruin ships.

  2. Extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous; as, a rabid socialist.

  3. Affected with the distemper called rabies; mad; as, a rabid dog or fox.

  4. (Med.) Of or pertaining to rabies, or hydrophobia; as, rabid virus.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. 1 Affected with rabies. 2 Of or pertaining to rabies, or hydrophobia. 3 furious; raging; extremely violent. 4 very extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous; comparable to one with rabies.


adj. marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea; "rabid isolationist" [syn: fanatic, fanatical, overzealous]

Rabid (film)

Rabid is a 1977 Canadian horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It features Marilyn Chambers in the lead role, supported by Howard Ryshpan, Joe Silver and Robert A. Silverman.

Chambers plays a woman who, after being injured in a motorcycle accident and undergoing a surgical operation, develops an orifice under one of her armpits. The orifice hides a phallic stinger that she uses to feed on people's blood. Those she feeds upon become infected, whose bite spreads the disease.

Rabid (band)

Rabid are a punk rock band from Leicester, England, initially active between 1979 and 1986. A new lineup of the band was reformed in 2013.

Usage examples of "rabid".

They were inflamed by the likes of Missouri Senator David Achison, a rabid promoter of slavery who took a leave from the Senate to lead the Border Ruffians.

Enishte Effendi, all the miniaturists and even Master Osman, letting the rabid followers of the Hoja of Erzurum have their way with them.

The junkyard might have a kindler, gentler owner, now, but the junkyard dogs were the same old, rabid pit bulls.

The rabid little American I call Paul Lazzaro in this book had about a quart of diamonds and emeralds and rubies and so on.

The leylandii reminded me of a Van Gogh painting, done when the black dog of depression was at its most rabid.

It was shared to a degree by the Southerner Wood-row Wilson, and was continued in rabid form by Southern anti-Semitic nativists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries like Governor Tom Watson of Georgia.

It was the armor of Platino Vingo, legendary hero of their house, Lord of Altea, Pex, and Talsea, and head of the Ruling Council in those days before the Vingo fortunes had plummeted and drought had gripped their land like a rabid dog.

Grand Patriarch took great pleasure in rallying the people to a heightened, rabid level of vengeance.

Inside these ugly, unaccommodating hutches, man and domestic beast -- goat, ox, pig, dog -- stake equal squatting rights to the smoky and disordered hearths, although the dogs often grow rabid and rush frothing through the rutted streets like streams in spate.

For nineteen years, ever since that Birthingday dinner Telomir Renne had thrown for Collan at Wyte Lynn Castle, Sarra had ranked Vellerin Dombur lower in the scheme of things than the average rabid rodent.

These are the methods and means recommended by the Moscow International to the rabid Socialists affiliated with it all over the world.

The rabid determination of partizan politicians not to allow the United States to enter into any agreement with the rest of the world to stop war, the outbreaks of violence among the criminal classes, the determined efforts of the liquor interests to nullify the constitutional Prohibition amendment, the depression in business, the increase of unemployment, the strenuous effort of the agitators to make trouble between this country and Great Britain on one side and Japan on the other, all may be grouped with this pathetic spectacle of respectable women turned shoplifters as an indication of that other moral slump from idealism.

There were rabid cheers, and Tinsmith knew they had announced the name of the homeworld champion.

Kennerman and at the same time to bring those she believes responsible-- who, not insignificantly, are rabid antiabortionist and frequent wife-beaters--to justice.

Rabid Gallophobe, he never pardoned his old general the campaign of Dijon any more than he forgave Victor Emmanuel for having left the Vatican to Pius IX.