- extreme mental agitation; wild excitement or derangement.
- a fit or spell of violent mental excitement; a paroxysm characteristic of or resulting from a mania: He is subject to these frenzies several times a year.
- to drive to frenzy; make frantic: She was frenzied by fear when she smelled the smoke.
Origin of frenzy
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Examples from the Web for frenzy
I am scared that, like me, they will arrive and see a frenzy of disorganization, fear and, most frightening, quarantine.Quarantine Turns Ebola Heroes Into Pariahs
October 28, 2014
The media goes into a frenzy when egregious examples of bad mothers occur, like Susan Smith or Casey Anthony.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide
August 5, 2014
Republicans have been in a frenzy since realizing that the IRS was missing two years of Lerner emails.House Republicans Take on John Koskinen: Scenes From an IRS Sideshow
June 24, 2014
Arriving at the Melody Ballroom, the atmosphere was a frenzy of joy, jubilation and holy bedlam.The Battle for LGBT Equality Isn’t Over Yet
May 25, 2014
In a frenzy of activity, he set to work filling the wall of his studio.Matisse: Innovator Until the End
April 16, 2014
Their walk was a delight to him, their roaring gallop a frenzy of eager sensation.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Nor, in the blindness of his frenzy, had he seen when she had gone nor whither she went.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Have a care, Jinkins, ere you provoke a desperate man to frenzy!Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Clotilde, in a frenzy of grief, raised her arm, as if to drive her out of the room.Doctor Pascal
They could do neither now, for the fear that possessed them at sight of Israel's frenzy.The Scapegoat
- violent mental derangement
- wild excitement or agitation; distraction
- a bout of wild or agitated activitya frenzy of preparations
- (tr) to make frantic; drive into a frenzy
Word Origin and History for frenzy
mid-14c., "delirium, insanity," from Old French frenesie, from Medieval Latin phrenesia, from phrenesis, back-formation from Latin phreneticus "delirious" (see frenetic). Meaning "excited state of mind" is from c.1400.