adjective Also phre·net·i·cal.
filled with extreme excitement; fanatic; frenzied.
Origin of phrenetic
1325–75;Related formsphre·net·i·cal·ly, adverbphre·net·ic·ness, nounnon·phre·net·ic, adjectivenon·phre·net·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·phre·net·ic, adjective
< Latin phrenēticus
< Late Greek phrenētikós, Greek phrenītikós
frenzied (see phrenitis
); replacing Middle English frenetike
as above; cf. frenetic
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Related Words for phreneticfurious
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Historical Examples of phrenetic
Yet here I sit, as yet unimmolated on the altar of phrenetic vengeance.
He is a foolish physician that cannot bear the words of a phrenetic or delirant patient.
This was very new; it was also very strange what a fascination he found in his phrenetic exercises.
British Dictionary definitions for phreneticDerived Formsphrenetically, adverbphreneticness, noun
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Word Origin and History for phrenetic
late 14c., from Old French frenetike "mad, crazy" (13c.), from Latin phreneticus, from Greek phren "diaphragm, heart, mind" (see phreno-). A doublet of frantic.
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