- 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 deliriumhallucination, fever, dementia, hysteria, aberration, fury, ardor, derangement, rage, insanity, ecstasy, mania, passion, fervor, enthusiasm, zeal, frenzy, raving, lunacy, furor
Examples from the Web for delirium
Contemporary Examples of delirium
I spend waking hours in a fog of delirium, punctuated by uncontrollable giggle fits, heart palpitations, and mental anguish.YouTube’s Sleep Whisperers Are A Sexy Way To Combat Insomnia
May 3, 2014
It's not delirium tremors and chromosome breakage and only a small number of users would be seriously harmed.Weed Gave My Family Everything—Then Took It Away
April 9, 2014
Republicans were never overwhelmed by Mitt Romney; the Democratic delirium for Barack Obama faded two recovery summers ago.The Penn & Teller Election
April 17, 2012
Historical Examples of delirium
It was like a hurricane of delirium rushing by and laying every head in the dust.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Through the thin wall of my workroom I could hear Joe in his delirium.The Harbor
This explains why they may be associated in the delirium of unbridled passions.
Pregnancy and childbirth play a large part in their delirium.
In her delirium she imagines herself to be queen of the world.
- 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.