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frantic

[fran-tik]
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adjective
  1. desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
  2. Archaic. insane; mad.
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Origin of frantic

1325–75; Middle English frantik, frenetik < Old French frenetique < Latin phrenēticus delirious < Greek phrenētikós. See frenzy, -tic
Related formsfran·ti·cal·ly, fran·tic·ly, adverbfran·tic·ness, noun
Can be confusedfanatic frantic frenetic (see synonym study at fanatic)

Synonyms

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1. overwrought, agitated, frenzied, distraught.
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British Dictionary definitions for franticness

frantic

adjective
  1. distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
  2. marked by or showing frenzyfrantic efforts
  3. archaic insane
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Derived Formsfrantically or franticly, adverbfranticness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus mad, frenetic
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Word Origin and History for franticness

frantic

adj.

mid-14c., "insane," unexplained variant of Middle English frentik (see frenetic). Transferred meaning "affected by wild excitement" is from late 15c. Of the adverbial forms, frantically (1749) is later than franticly (1540s).

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