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phrenetic

[ fri-net-ik ]
/ frɪˈnɛt ɪk /
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adjective Also phre·net·i·cal.
filled with extreme excitement; fanatic; frenzied.
noun
a phrenetic person.
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Origin of phrenetic

1325–75; <Latin phrenēticus<Late Greek phrenētikós,Greek phrenītikós frenzied (see phrenitis, -ic); replacing Middle English frenetike<Anglo-French <Latin as above; cf. frenetic

OTHER WORDS FROM phrenetic

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How to use phrenetic in a sentence

  • This was very new; it was also very strange what a fascination he found in his phrenetic exercises.

    Little Novels of Italy|Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Yet here I sit, as yet unimmolated on the altar of phrenetic vengeance.

    Hard Cash|Charles Reade
  • He is a foolish physician that cannot bear the words of a phrenetic or delirant patient.

  • Indeed, this word phrenetic or maniac is no reproach; it is identical with mantic --prophetic.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy|Benjamin Franklin Cocker

British Dictionary definitions for phrenetic

phrenetic
/ (frɪˈnɛtɪk) /

adjective
an obsolete spelling of frenetic

Derived forms of phrenetic

phrenetically, adverbphreneticness, noun
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