violently or destructively frenzied; wild; crazed; deranged: He suddenly went berserk.
(sometimes initial capital letter)Scandinavian Legend.Also ber·serk·er. an ancient Norse warrior who fought with frenzied rage in battle, possibly induced by eating hallucinogenic mushrooms.
- ber·serk·ly, adverb
- ber·serk·ness, noun
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How to use berserk in a sentence
As for the other two famous images, the blood eagle and the berserker—those are the result of mistranslations.How the Vikings Saved Europe and Got a Terrible Reputation | William O’Connor | September 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was more than one tradition in the berserker Scotch family to bear out the truth of it.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
It seemed to him as if his heaven—the savage Walhalla of his Saxon or Danish berserker race—were opened before him.Overland | John William De Forest
It was not the headlong, reckless, pugnacious rage of the old Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian berserker.Overland | John William De Forest
Suaforlami was soon after slain by the Berserker Andgrim, who then became master of the sword.Folk-Lore and Legends; Scandinavian | Various
Why is it that an outbreak of savage Berserker blood so often excites admiration in the spectator?Friendship and Folly | Maria Louise Pool
British Dictionary definitions for berserk
frenziedly violent or destructive (esp in the phrase go berserk)
Also called: berserker a member of a class of ancient Norse warriors who worked themselves into a frenzy before battle and fought with insane fury and courage
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