A rant is an argument that is fueled by passion, not shaped by facts. When the shouting starts on talk radio, or when a blog commenter resorts to ALL CAPS, you're almost certainly encountering a rant.

Rant comes from the Dutch ranten, "to talk nonsense." Rave is a close synonym — in fact, "to rant and rave" is a popular expression. When rant is used as a noun, it means something like tirade. The first recorded usage of rant is from the end of the sixteenth century, in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. By the middle of the turbulent seventeenth century, the name Ranters was used as a catchall pejorative for various groups of radical Christian dissenters.

Definitions of rant
  1. verb
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
    synonyms: jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rave, spout
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  2. noun
    a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
    synonyms: harangue, ranting
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    a long monotonous harangue
    type of:
    vehement oratory
  3. noun
    pompous or pretentious talk or writing
    synonyms: blah, bombast, claptrap, fustian
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    type of:
    grandiloquence, grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, rhetoric
    high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
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