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hectic

[ hek-tik ]
/ ˈhɛk tɪk /
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adjective

characterized by intense agitation, excitement, confused and rapid movement, etc.: The week before the trip was hectic and exhausting.

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Origin of hectic

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin hecticus<Greek hektikós habitual, consumptive, adj. corresponding to héxis possession, state, habit, equivalent to *hech-, base of échein to have + -sis-sis; see -tic; replacing Middle English etyk<Middle French

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British Dictionary definitions for hectic

hectic
/ (ˈhɛktɪk) /

adjective

characterized by extreme activity or excitement
associated with, peculiar to, or symptomatic of tuberculosis (esp in the phrases hectic fever, hectic flush)

noun

a hectic fever or flush
rare a person who is consumptive or who experiences a hectic fever or flush

Derived forms of hectic

hectically, adverb

Word Origin for hectic

C14: from Late Latin hecticus, from Greek hektikos habitual, from hexis state, from ekhein to have
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