frenetic

frenetic late 14c., from O.Fr. frenetike, from L. phreneticus "delirious," alteration of Gk. phrenitikos, from phrenitis "frenzy," lit. "inflammation of the brain," from phren "mind, reason" (from PIE *gwhren- "to think") + -ITIS (Cf. -itis). The classical ph- was restored mid-16c. Related: Frenetically.

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  • frenetic — FRENÉTIC, Ă, frenetici, ce, adj. Care se află în stare de frenezie, care exprimă o asemenea stare. ♦ (Şi adv.) Puternic; pasionat. – Din fr. frénétique. Trimis de zaraza joe, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  frenétic adj. m., pl. frenétici; f …   Dicționar Român

  • Frenetic — Fre*net ic, a. [See {Frantic}, a.] Distracted; mad; frantic; phrenetic. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frenetic — I adjective berserk, crazed, crazy, deranged, excited, feverish, frantic, frenzied, furens, furibund, hysterical, insanus, maniacal, overwrought, perturbed, possessed, raving, restless, unsettled, vesanus, worked up, wrought up II index …   Law dictionary

  • frenetic — adj *furious, frantic, frenzied, wild, delirious, rabid Analogous words: demented, *insane, mad: *irrational, unreasonable: provoked, excited, stimulated (see PROVOKE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • frenetic — [adj] maniacal corybantic, delirious, demented, distraught, excited, fanatical, frantic, frenzied, furibund, furious, hyper*, in a lather*, insane, lost it*, mad, obsessive, overwrought, phrenetic, rabid, unbalanced, unscrewed*, weirded out*,… …   New thesaurus

  • frenetic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way. DERIVATIVES frenetically adverb freneticism noun. ORIGIN Old French frenetique violently mad , from Greek phrenitis delirium …   English terms dictionary

  • frenetic — [frə net′ik] adj. [see PHRENETIC] frantic; frenzied: also frenetical frenetically adv …   English World dictionary

  • frenetic — [[t]frɪne̱tɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe an activity as frenetic, you mean that it is fast and energetic, but rather uncontrolled. ...the frenetic pace of life in New York... This frenetic activity is the sign of a worried man. Syn: frantic… …   English dictionary

  • frenetic — fre|net|ic [frıˈnetık] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: frénétique, from Latin phreneticus, from Greek phren mind ] frenetic activity is fast and not very organized = ↑frantic ▪ She rushes from job to job at a frenetic pace …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • frenetic — adjective frenetic actions are very fast, uncontrolled and excited: a frenetic departure …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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