- Pathology. a more or less temporary disorder of the mental faculties, as in fevers, disturbances of consciousness, or intoxication, characterized by restlessness, excitement, delusions, hallucinations, etc.
- a state of violent excitement or emotion.
Origin of delirium
Related Words for deliriahallucination, fever, dementia, hysteria, aberration, fury, ardor, derangement, rage, insanity, ecstasy, mania, passion, fervor, enthusiasm, zeal, frenzy, raving, lunacy, furor
- a state of excitement and mental confusion, often accompanied by hallucinations, caused by high fever, poisoning, brain injury, etc
- violent excitement or emotion; frenzy
Word Origin for delirium
1590s, from Latin delirium "madness," from deliriare "be crazy, rave," literally "go off the furrow," a plowing metaphor, from phrase de lire, from de "off, away" (see de-) + lira "furrow, earth thrown up between two furrows," from PIE *leis- "track, furrow."
- A temporary state of mental confusion resulting from high fever, intoxication, shock, or other causes, and characterized by anxiety, disorientation, memory impairment, hallucinations, trembling, and incoherent speech.