frenzy

[ fren-zee ]
/ ˈfrɛn zi /

noun, plural fren·zies.

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.

verb (used with object), fren·zied, fren·zy·ing.

to drive to frenzy; make frantic: She was frenzied by fear when she smelled the smoke.

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Origin of frenzy

1300–50; Middle English frenesie<Old French <Late Latin phrenēsis<Late Greek, for Greek phrenîtis;see phrenitis

OTHER WORDS FROM frenzy

fren·zi·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for frenzy

frenzy
/ (ˈfrɛnzɪ) /

noun plural -zies

violent mental derangement
wild excitement or agitation; distraction
a bout of wild or agitated activitya frenzy of preparations

verb -zies, -zying or -zied

(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
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