Definition of rabid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈræbɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræbɪd//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈreɪbɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪbɪd//
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  1. 1[usually before noun] (disapproving) (of a type of person) having very strong feelings about something and acting in an unacceptable way rabid right-wing fanatics the rabid tabloid press
  2. 2[usually before noun] (disapproving) (of feelings or opinions) violent or extreme rabid speculation
  3. 3suffering from rabies a rabid dog
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘furious, madly violent’): from Latin rabidus, from rabere ‘to rave’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rabid