• WordNet 3.6
    • n ranter someone who rants and raves; speaks in a violent or loud manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ranter A noisy talker; a raving declaimer.
    • Ranter (Eccl. Hist) One of a religious sect which sprung up in 1645; -- called also Seekers. See Seeker.
    • Ranter (Eccl. Hist) One of the Primitive Methodists, who seceded from the Wesleyan Methodists on the ground of their deficiency in fervor and zeal; -- so called in contempt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ranter One who rants; a noisy talker; a boisterous preacher, actor, or the like.
    • n ranter A name applied
    • n ranter By way of reproach, to the members of an English Antinomian sect of the Commonwealth period, variously associated with the Familists, etc.
    • n ranter Also, opprobriously, to the Primitive Methodists, who formed themselves into a society in 1810, although the founders had separated from the old Methodist society some years before, the ground of disagreement being that the new body favored street preaching, camp-meetings, etc.
    • n ranter A merry, roving fellow; a jolly drinker.
    • n ranter A large beer-jug.
    • ranter To pour liquor from a large into a smaller vessel.
    • ranter Same as renter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Ranter a noisy talker: a jovial fellow: a boisterous preacher: a byname for the Primitive Methodists: a nickname applied to the members of a sect of the Commonwealth time
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. ranten, to rave; Low Ger. randen, Ger. ranzen.


In literature:

Ranters, Wesleyans, and other Nonconformists were regarded as heretics.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
The Ranters also are great at tea-meetings, but still greater at revival meetings.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
On the contrary, I am all for your Ranter.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Mike said he was sorry, and expressed his wonder that Ranter could be so cruel.
"Mike Marble" by Uncle Frank
He was no more a sentimentalist but now a roaring ranter.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Bishops, and priests, and deacons, and poor little ranters like me.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
The whole affair reminded me of a meeting of Jumpers, or Ranters.
"Notes in North Africa" by W. G. Windham
I am told mad Ranters sing, and preach, and roar as if they were in earnest.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Now and then the Ranters got hold of a barn, and then there was another secession.
"Christopher Crayon's Recollections The Life and Times of the late James Ewing Ritchie as told by himself" by J. Ewing Ritchie
The Dissenter is free; the wildest ranter has a liberty which an Archbishop may sigh for in vain.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie

In poetry:

"Would the old folk know their children?
Would they own the graceless town,
With never a ranter to worry
And never a witch to drown?"
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Hoarse ranters, crazed Fifth Monarchists,
Of stripes and bondage braggarts,
Pale Churchmen, with singed rubrics snatched
From Puritanic fagots.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

As any experienced ranter can tell you, thinking about it has the unfortunate tendency of turning a good, clean rant into a muddy quagmire of fine points, conditional sentences, and digressions as delicately balanced as a Swiss watch.
Normally I ignore ranters, but when they run really outrageous stuff in the paper, one has to say something.
Redesign Renders Ranters Speechless .