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Sometimes phren·sied.

Origin of frenzied

First recorded in 1790–1800; frenzy + -ed3
Related formsfren·zied·ly, adverbun·fren·zied, adjective


noun, plural fren·zies.
  1. extreme mental agitation; wild excitement or derangement.
  2. 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.
verb (used with object), fren·zied, fren·zy·ing.
  1. to drive to frenzy; make frantic: She was frenzied by fear when she smelled the smoke.

Origin of frenzy

1300–50; Middle English frenesie < Old French < Late Latin phrenēsis < Late Greek, for Greek phrenîtis; see phrenitis
Related formsfren·zi·ly, adverb

Synonyms for frenzy

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Antonyms for frenzy

1. calm. 2. sanity. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for frenzied

Contemporary Examples of frenzied

Historical Examples of frenzied

  • They told how Tomo was wrought to a pitch of frenzied interest by this manhunt.

  • Today, in a fit of frenzied jealousy, you would have killed me, your brother.


    William J. Locke

  • It was Beatriz, bathed in her blood, who fell at the feet of her frenzied lover.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "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

British Dictionary definitions for frenzied


  1. filled with or as if with frenzy; wild; frantic
Derived Formsfrenziedly, adverb


noun plural -zies
  1. violent mental derangement
  2. wild excitement or agitation; distraction
  3. a bout of wild or agitated activitya frenzy of preparations
verb -zies, -zying or -zied
  1. (tr) to make frantic; drive into a frenzy

Word Origin for frenzy

C14: from Old French frenesie, from Late Latin phrēnēsis madness, delirium, from Late Greek, ultimately from Greek phrēn mind; compare frenetic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper