V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) to speak in a loud, uncontrolled, and angry way; (n.) a speech that is long, angry, and often confusing

Synonyms: (v.) rage, harangue, declaim, yell, roar, rail, rave, (n.) tirade, attack, lecture

Antonyms: (v.) whisper, placate

Tips: Think of the similar words rave, "to talk in a noisy and excited way," rail, "to complain or criticize," and chant, "repetitive talk." Rant is all three combined; it is loud, angry and often repetitive talk. "Ranting and raving" is a common saying in American English. Note: The synonym rave means "to speak in an angry and uncontrolled manner," but it can also be positive, "to praise something enthusiastically."

Usage Examples:

The angry protesters continued to rant about their issue. (yell, rage, roar) verb

No one listened to the teacher's rant about the importance of paying attention. (lecture, tirade) noun

Although I understood, I still didn't want to hear the man's ranting and raving about the high price of gasoline. (yelling, seething) verb

Her sudden rant about the terrible office policies left us standing there in shock. (tirade, rage, lecture) noun

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