rabid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj rabid marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea "rabid isolationist"
    • adj rabid of or infected by rabies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rabid Affected with the distemper called rabies; mad; as, a rabid dog or fox.
    • Rabid Extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous; as, a rabid socialist.
    • Rabid Furious; raging; extremely violent. "The rabid flight
      Of winds that ruin ships."
    • Rabid (Med) Of or pertaining to rabies, or hydrophobia; as, rabid virus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rabid Furious; raging; mad.
    • rabid Specifically— Affected with rabies or hydrophobia, as a dog, wolf, horse, or man; hydrophobic; mad.
    • rabid Pertaining to rabies: as, rabid virus.
    • rabid Excessively or foolishly intense; rampant: as, a rabid Tory; a rabid teetotaler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rabid rab′id furious: mad: affected with rabies, as a dog: foolishly intense
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. rabidus, from rabere, to rave. See Rage (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rabidusrabĕre, to rave.

Usage

In literature:

And now here was this rabid Republican, heart broken over being outlawed from the ranks of his country's avengers.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
O ye rabid total-abstinence mongers!
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
A deep heart-searching novel, a novel devoid of rabid melodrama.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
It helps to show, however, what a rabid hatred the Mallorcans have of all manner of disease.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
On looking up, I saw sitting opposite to me two of the most rabid dissenters in Scotland.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
There is no need for a rabid anti-theism.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Was this the thing he had foresworn so rabidly a scant four hours before!
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
I was inspired by a new and rabid curiosity.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
Costiveness will sometimes produce such violent pain that alarm is created, and dogs have been destroyed under the idea that they were rabid.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
His name is Hickson, and it so happens that he's a rabid Ranger fan.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
He is perfectly rabid ever since this trouble has begun.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
It was the death-fight of rabid wolves, blind, panting, merciless.
"Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard
It was driven into what appeared to be anarchy by a rabid governor.
"Drugging a Nation" by Samuel Merwin
Sir Christopher is such a very rabid Dissenter.
"Witching Hill" by E. W. Hornung
A rabid sort of anger was mounting again in the fiend before her.
"The Man from Jericho" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
I get a little rabid when I take up Queen Helena and her tribe.
"The Ship Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
One would think he had had the bite, and not I. Rabid as a maddened dog!
"A Double Knot" by George Manville Fenn
A disease caused by the bite of a rabid dog or other animal.
"A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene" by Joseph Chrisman Hutchison
Almost rabid with wrath he turned back to his ambush.
"The Strength of the Pines" by Edison Marshall
In the States, a rabid diatribe against England, and a spice of Lynch Law, are clap-trap.
"Nuts and Nutcrackers" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

Hulks of black turbines all mangled and roaring,
Battering egress through ramparted walls…
Mouthing of engines, made rabid with power,
Into the holocaust snorting and plunging…
"The Song Of Iron" by Lola Ridge
But he grew rabid-wroth, he did,
If they neglected books,
And dragged them to adjacent Cliffs
With beastly Button Hooks,
And there with fatuous glee he threw
Them down into the ocean blue.
"He Lived at Dingle Bank" by Edward Lear
We are ready to resist
The - ah - rabid Socialist,
Who's as great an anarchist as any Russian, sir!
And the Labor party's laws
Are tyrannical! (Applause.)
Which - er - brings me to the subject of discussion, sir.
"The Logic Of Anti-Sosh" by C J Dennis

In news:

Rabid skunks have been found in El Paso County for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Three rabid skunks have been reported in northern El Paso County so far this summer.
This raccoon was tested for rabies and was found to be rabid .
An elderly Pennsylvania woman is recovering after she was attacked by a rabid skunk.
Rabid cat confirmed on Gow Road.
The Niagara County Department of Health is notifying the public that a rabid cat (approximately 10-12 weeks old) has been confirmed in the Town of Newfane on Gow Road.
West Virginia officials want the public to help them find a person apparently bitten by a rabid raccoon while trying to remove it from a highway.
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The second skunk from Yell County within the last 30 days has been confirmed rabid by the Arkansas Department of Health.
Rabid beaver attacks NY man swimming in Pa. (AP) — A Boy Scout leader from New York who was attacked by a rabid beaver while swimming in the Delaware River is recovering.
Rabid Cat Found in King George County.
It follows confirmed contact a small child had with a rabid cat near Lambs Creek Church Road and Deer Lanelast Thursday.
Rabid beaver attacks New York man swimming in Pennsylvania river.
'Rogue' Palin meets rabid fans in Noblesville.
It is among the 42 rabid bats discovered so far this year in Los Angeles County, according to the county Public Health website.
Health officials suspect the fox could be rabid , and the Sheriff's Department and DEC are hoping to capture it.
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In science:

If we could populate the band with particle anti-particle pairs from the vacuum, then our theory would be rabidly unstable.
A Holographic Flat Band
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