Definition of rabid in English:


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  • 1Having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something.

    ‘the show's small but rabid fan base’
    • ‘a rabid ideologue’
    • ‘she's expecting more rabid support from the hometown fans’
    • ‘There are idiots and rabid fanatics on both sides.’
    • ‘He has been hailed as a prescient genius and dismissed as a rabid extremist.’
    • ‘There's a small, but rabid group of fanatical followers.’
    • ‘The fans speak with envy of Midwest football schools, where the fan support is rabid and the local kids stick around.’
    • ‘Over the course of the years most of my rabid political beliefs have been tempered somewhat by increasing understanding of the situation.’
    • ‘Many rabid political partisans are so thin-skinned that any unfavorable truth about their heroes muddles their thinking.’
    • ‘One of the biggest forces in the underground scene right now is what's called extreme music, and it's got a rabid fanbase.’
    • ‘The supporters are rabid in their encouragement of winners and cruel in their criticism of the vanquished.’
    • ‘Televised sports events now evoke maniacal, raucous, rabid and even aggressive sentiments against rival nations or neighbours.’
    • ‘He was a rabid snob, without even the intelligence to realise that other people were as human as himself.’
    extreme, fanatical, overzealous, over-enthusiastic, extremist, violent, maniacal, wild, passionate, fervent, diehard, uncompromising
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  • 2(of an animal) affected with rabies.

    ‘her mother was bitten by a rabid dog’
    • ‘As a result of haphazard and inadequate culling, there is now a plague of rabid foxes affecting villages and cities in an arc across the Alps from Austria, through Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia to Poland.’
    • ‘You could get stitched up and receive rabies vaccinations if you got mauled by a rabid dog.’
    • ‘He went on to develop a rabies vaccine that was made from the spinal cords of rabid rabbits.’
    • ‘Outside the United States, exposure to rabid dogs is the most common cause of transmission to humans.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, reality is: if one reaches out to pet a rabid dog, no amount of wishful, pretty thinking will keep that dog from biting you.’
    • ‘A person who is bitten by a rabid animal but given treatment with rabies vaccines can expect not to develop rabies.’
    • ‘On July 6, 1885, Pasteur did something that no one else in human history had every done - he vaccinated a young boy who had been bitten more than 14 times by a rabid dog.’
    • ‘Normally wolves would not be a problem, but a rabid wolf had been shot near the town only days before and we could see that our guide and the others were visibly worried about a possible attack.’
    • ‘There is death and destruction and they say that it's too dangerous to enter the city because of the rabid dogs and raw sewage - when they're the ones who have created this health hazard.’
    • ‘‘My Indian idyll came to an end four years after Independence because of a panther and a rabid dog,’ she wrote years later.’
    • ‘The last part of the name is supposed to come from a time when horehound was considered to be effective protection from the bite of a rabid dog.’
    rabies-infected, mad, foaming at the mouth, hydrophobic
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    1. 2.1Of or connected with rabies.



/ˈrabəd/ /ˈræbəd/ /ˈrābəd/ /ˈreɪbəd/


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘furious, madly violent’): from Latin rabidus, from rabere ‘to rave’.