Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Raging; frenzied: "the hot rampageous horses of my will” ( W.H. Auden).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Violent and boisterous; unruly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by violence and passion; unruly; rampant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a ramping character; behaving rampantly; unruly; raging; boisterous; stormy.
  • Hence Glaring or “loud” in style or taste; “stunning.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. displaying raging violence; often destructive

Etymologies

From rampage +‎ -ous. Originally Scottish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For the Gallic _bébé_ certainly seems less "rampageous" than the English urchin.

    Children's Books and Their Illustrators

  • "rampageous" sister and of her husband, the good, kind, honest Joe, and taken up to London, and brought up as a gentleman, and started in chambers in Barnard's Inn. All this is done through the instrumentality of Mr. Jaggers, a barrister in highest repute among the criminal brotherhood.

    Life of Charles Dickens

  • In front of his desk sits a scale model of the animal that barged its way onstage during his rampageous 2007 production of Ionesco's Rhinoceros; next to it is a memento from Jerusalem.

    Dominic Cooke: a life in theatre

  • Questions arise as to rampageous warlords when discussing a country without a central government.

    Somalia Ruined: Intervention Fails Again « Antiwar.com Blog

  • Yes, you may hit him fair, and make him bleed, too; but, for all that, he is a lion — a mighty, conquering, generous, rampageous Leo Belgicus — monarch of his wood.

    Roundabout Papers

  • If eBay is the spawn of the next generation of dotcom boomers, perhaps it is appropriate that helping it along its wave of success is a battle-scarred veteran of the former, rampageous tech era.

    Whitman Appoints Veteran Swan As EBay CFO

  • The house on my side has a magnificent view of the beautiful Hijan hills, down which a waterfall tumbles in a broad sheet of foam only half a mile off, and which breed a rampageous fresh breeze for a great part of the day.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • It must be admitted that the criminal classes are very rampageous in

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • But the particular area occupied by the rampageous vines was previously covered with wattles and a great variety of more or less densely-foliaged shrubs, each of which would add its quota to the accumulation of fallen leaves and discarded fruit or shelly seed-husks, slow but certain of decay.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • In my view bureaucratic murder according to pre-prepared lists and without trial is as evil as murder committed by rampageous soldiers hitting innocent civilians.

    Chomsky's 'Fateful Triangle': An Exchange

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    December 10, 2008