Definition of Frenzy

1. Noun. State of violent mental agitation.

Exact synonyms: Craze, Delirium, Fury, Hysteria
Specialized synonyms: Nympholepsy, Epidemic Hysertia, Mass Hysteria
Generic synonyms: Mania, Manic Disorder
Derivative terms: Craze, Crazy, Delirious, Delirious, Infuriate, Hysterical

Definition of Frenzy

1. n. Any violent agitation of the mind approaching to distraction; violent and temporary derangement of the mental faculties; madness; rage.

2. a. Mad; frantic.

3. v. t. To affect with frenzy; to drive to madness

Definition of Frenzy

1. Noun. A state of wild activity or panic. ¹

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Definition of Frenzy

1. to make frantic [v -ZIED, -ZYING, -ZIES] - See also: frantic

Medical Definition of Frenzy

1. Any violent agitation of the mind approaching to distraction; violent and temporary derangement of the mental faculties; madness; rage. "All else is towering frenzy and distraction." (Addison) "The poet's eye in a fine frenzy rolling." (Shak) Synonym: Insanity, lunacy, madness, derangment, alienation, aberration, delirium. See Insanity. Origin: OE. Frenesie, fransey, F. Frenesie, L. Phrenesis, fr. Gr. For disease of the mind, phrenitis, fr. Mind. Cf. Frantic, Phrenitis. (07 Apr 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Frenzy

frenulum of tongue
frenulum valvae ileocaecalis
frenulum veli medullaris superioris
frenzy (current term)
frequency-response characteristic
frequency-response curve
frequency-shift keying
frequency analysis
frequency band
frequency channel

Literary usage of Frenzy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"And heart as by a frenzy fierce possess'd, All hot to win the glory of their deaths. Yea, the Achaians then had ta'en proud Troy, ..."

2. Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years Personal Experience Among the Red Men by Richard Irving Dodge (1884)
"INDIAN DANCES — SCENES OF WILD EXCITEMENT AND frenzy — LUDICROUS EXPERIENCES. Indian Dancing Customs — Preparations for the Scalp Dance — A Hideous Picture ..."

3. History of New England by John Gorham Palfrey, Francis Winthrop Palfrey (1882)
"Thus was at once expressed and stimulated a popular frenzy, which was destined to be checked only through the experience of its excesses. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Her children by him he killed in a frenzy induced by Hera. After purification he was sent by the Pythia to serve Eurystheus. ..."

5. John Dennis: His Life and Criticism by Harry Gilbert Paul (1911)
"Just when Dennis learned the truth regarding the authorship of the Narrative of the Strange frenzy, is hard to determine. In 1716, three years after the ..."

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