- characterized by intense agitation, excitement, confused and rapid movement, etc.: The week before the trip was hectic and exhausting.
Origin of hectic
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Examples from the Web for hectic
It's been hectic for Pragnell ever since he left Purdue and something tells me it's only going to get crazier.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
This is where the sporadic and hectic handling of the romance in the movies fails.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
We spoke with the mother of two and recent California transplant about fusing charitable work with a hectic career.Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy
November 3, 2014
She has been a regular fixture in the British gossip pages despite a hectic schedule of rehearsals.London Laughs at Lindsay Lohan’s West End Debut
September 24, 2014
Following that brief and hectic moment, though, Robinson was hopeful.An Uneasy Peace Falls on Ferguson after Local Cops Called Off
August 15, 2014
His cheeks were hollow and hectic, his eyes were glistening as with fever, his chest heaved.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Not strong, sir—he has a hectic colour—as I was very sorry to see.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
The nervous, hectic state of the journalists made him feel nervous too.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
As for Kendrick, it was the busiest, most hectic morning he had ever experienced.
His pale cheeks were lit by a hectic flush of intense feeling.The Twins of Suffering Creek
- characterized by extreme activity or excitement
- associated with, peculiar to, or symptomatic of tuberculosis (esp in the phrases hectic fever, hectic flush)
- a hectic fever or flush
- rare a person who is consumptive or who experiences a hectic fever or flush
Word Origin and History for hectic
late 14c., etik (in fever etik), from Old French etique "consumptive," from Late Latin hecticus, from Greek hektikos "continuous, habitual, consumptive" (of a disease, because of the constant fever), from hexis "a habit (of mind or body)," from ekhein "have, hold, continue" (see scheme).
The Latin -h- was restored in English 16c. Sense of "feverishly exciting, full of disorganized activity" first recorded 1904, but hectic also was used in Middle English as a noun meaning "feverish desire, consuming passion" (early 15c.). Hectic fevers are characterized by rapid pulse, among other symptoms. Related: Hecticness.