Origin of hectic
Examples from the Web for hectic
It's been hectic for Pragnell ever since he left Purdue and something tells me it's only going to get crazier.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is where the sporadic and hectic handling of the romance in the movies fails.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’|Kevin Fallon|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We spoke with the mother of two and recent California transplant about fusing charitable work with a hectic career.
She has been a regular fixture in the British gossip pages despite a hectic schedule of rehearsals.
Following that brief and hectic moment, though, Robinson was hopeful.An Uneasy Peace Falls on Ferguson after Local Cops Called Off|Justin Glawe|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Under her poke bonnet I saw her meekly parted hair and her faded cheeks, flushed now with a hectic colour.The Romance of a Plain Man|Ellen Glasgow
His face lengthens, grows pale and bearded, with sunken eyes, the blotches of phthisis and hectic cheekbones of John F. Taylor.Ulysses|James Joyce
We narrow down from these to hectic souls content with a few thoughts which serve as a basis for the hearts fervours.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
Then, a few days later, he suddenly emerged brilliantly radiant in the hectic glow of his belated midsummer madness.Heart of the West|O. Henry
The hectic flush in Lansdale's thin cheek began to define itself, with a little pulse throbbing in the centre of it.The Helpers|Francis Lynde
Word Origin for hectic
late 14c., etik (in fever etik), from Old French etique "consumptive," from Late Latin hecticus, from Greek hektikos "continuous, habitual, consumptive" (of a disease, because of the constant fever), from hexis "a habit (of mind or body)," from ekhein "have, hold, continue" (see scheme).
The Latin -h- was restored in English 16c. Sense of "feverishly exciting, full of disorganized activity" first recorded 1904, but hectic also was used in Middle English as a noun meaning "feverish desire, consuming passion" (early 15c.). Hectic fevers are characterized by rapid pulse, among other symptoms. Related: Hecticness.