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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harangue, rant, rantingnoun

    a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion

  2. bombast, fustian, rant, claptrap, blahverb

    pompous or pretentious talk or writing

  3. rant, mouth off, jabber, spout, rabbit on, raveverb

    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner


  1. rantnoun

    A criticism done by ranting.

    Etymology: From ranten, randen.

  2. rantnoun

    A wild, incoherent, emotional articulation.

    Etymology: From ranten, randen.

  3. rantverb

    To speak or shout at length in an uncontrollable anger.

    Etymology: From ranten, randen.

  4. rantverb

    To criticize by ranting.

    Etymology: From ranten, randen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rantverb

    to rave in violent, high-sounding, or extravagant language, without dignity of thought; to be noisy, boisterous, and bombastic in talk or declamation; as, a ranting preacher

    Etymology: [OD. ranten, randen, to dote, to be enraged.]

  2. Rantnoun

    high-sounding language, without importance or dignity of thought; boisterous, empty declamation; bombast; as, the rant of fanatics

    Etymology: [OD. ranten, randen, to dote, to be enraged.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rant

    rant, v.i. to use extravagant language: to be noisy in words: to be noisily merry.—n. empty declamation: bombast: (Scot.) a frolic.—ns. Rant′er, 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; Rant′erism.—adv. Rant′ingly, boisterously.—adj. Rant′ipole, wild.—n. a reckless fellow. [Old Dut. ranten, to rave; Low Ger. randen, Ger. ranzen.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rant in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of rant in a Sentence

  1. Anderson Cooper:

    Don’t go on a rant! is this how you want to start the new year?

  2. Dick Durbin:

    President Trumps recorded conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger is more than a pathetic, rambling, delusional rant, his disgraceful effort to intimidate an elected official into deliberately changing and misrepresenting the legally confirmed vote totals in his state strikes at the heart of our democracy and merits nothing less than a criminal investigation.

  3. Roz Rothstein:

    The man looked for a synagogue near the airport, had the rabbi contact another rabbi in New York that he felt could move the meter on the release of Aafia Siddiqui,there were antisemitic slurs during his rant as well as by Siddiqui during her trial. There must be no question that he targeted Jews.

  4. Lindsey Carnett:

    We’ve heard the term misery loves company, people who complain or rant are made for each other. Think of observing couples who have been married for years go on outings wearing the same color sweater with khaki pants. Be prepared to see Kimye evolve as they grow closer. These impulsive Twitter behaviors are just the beginning of what’s yet to come. They are a sociologist’s dream couple.

  5. Andy Cohen:

    The only thing that I regret saying, the only thing is that I slammed the ABC broadcast and I really likeRyan Seacrest and he's a great guy and I really regret saying that, and I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it. And it was… I was continuing the Journey rant and I just kept talking and I shouldn't have, and I… I felt bad about that. So that is the only thing. It's the only thing.

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