talk in a loud, excited, or declamatory way
- a loud bombastic declamation expressed with powerful emotion
- pompous or pretentious talk or writing
- To rave in violent high sounding or extravagant language without dignity of regarded as loud boisterous and bombastic in talk or declamation as a ranting preacher
- High sounding language without importance or dignity of idea boisterous vacant declamation bombast while the rant of fanatics
- To rave in violent, high-sounding, or extravagant language, without self-esteem of idea; is loud, boisterous, and bombastic in talk or declamation; because, a ranting preacher.
- High-sounding language, without significance or dignity of idea; boisterous, bare declamation; bombast; since, the rant of fans.
c.1600, "to be jovial and boisterous," in addition "to chat bombastically," from Dutch randten (early in the day ranten) "talk foolishly, rave," of as yet not known origin (compare German rantzen "to frolic, spring about"). Relevant: Ranted; ranting. Ranters "antinomian sect which arose in The united kingdomt c.1645" is attested from 1651; used 1823 to early Methodists. A 1700 slang dictionary has rantipole "a rude wild child" (in addition as a verb and adjective); to drive rantipole intended "the lady uppermost inside amorous congress" [Grose].
- "boisterous, vacant declamation; fierce or high-sounding language with very little definition or dignity of idea; bombast; a ranting message," 1640s, from rant (v.).
(v. i.) To rave in violent, high-sounding, or extravagant language, without dignity of thought; becoming noisy, boisterous, and bombastic in talk or declamation; because, a ranting preacher.
- (letter.) High-sounding language, without value or self-esteem of idea; boisterous, empty declamation; bombast; since, the rant of enthusiasts.
From the 20th of November 1797, till the 9th of July 1798, he was one of the most active, and was certainly the most witty of the contributors to the Anti-Jacobin, a weekly paper started to ridicule the frothy philanthropic and eleutheromaniac rant of the French republicans, and to denounce their brutal rapacity and cruelty.