- wildly excited or enthusiastic: frenzied applause.
- violently agitated; frantic; wild: a frenzied mob.
Origin of frenzied
- extreme mental agitation; wild excitement or derangement.
- a fit or spell of violent mental excitement; a paroxysm characteristic of or resulting from a mania: He is subject to these frenzies several times a year.
- to drive to frenzy; make frantic: She was frenzied by fear when she smelled the smoke.
Origin of frenzy
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Related Wordsfeverish, delirious, frantic, rabid, agitated, furious, frenetic, hysterical, berserk, distracted, distraught, excited, mad, maniacal, nuts, wild, convulsive, corybantic
Examples from the Web for frenzied
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There were many tears, and a frenzied air it will be hard, and weird, to maintain.Will Meredith Vieira Ever Stop Crying? Her Emotional Daytime TV Debut
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For the remaining Republicans, the end of the primary will merely be the beginning of a frenzied sprint to the runoff.Tea Party Flops in Georgia Senate Race
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The aggressive come-ons lure crowds that can turn violent and frenzied.Send in the Drones? Retailers Ruined This Christmas
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They told how Tomo was wrought to a pitch of frenzied interest by this manhunt.Way of the Lawless
Today, in a fit of frenzied jealousy, you would have killed me, your brother.Viviette
William J. Locke
It was Beatriz, bathed in her blood, who fell at the feet of her frenzied lover.Calderon The Courtier
"Defend yourself, Don Lope," exclaimed he, with frenzied rage.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
The fulness and depth of feelings and thoughts do not admit of frenzied outbursts.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
- filled with or as if with frenzy; wild; frantic
- violent mental derangement
- wild excitement or agitation; distraction
- a bout of wild or agitated activitya frenzy of preparations
- (tr) to make frantic; drive into a frenzy
Word Origin and History for frenzied
1796; see frenzy.
mid-14c., "delirium, insanity," from Old French frenesie, from Medieval Latin phrenesia, from phrenesis, back-formation from Latin phreneticus "delirious" (see frenetic). Meaning "excited state of mind" is from c.1400.