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amok

[uh-muhk, uh-mok] /əˈmʌk, əˈmɒk/
noun
1.
(among members of certain Southeast Asian cultures) a psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder.
adjective
2.
Idioms
3.
run / go amok. amuck (def 3).
Also, amuck.
Origin of amok
1865-1870
1865-70; < Malay amuk
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amok

/əˈmʌk; əˈmɒk/
noun
1.
a state of murderous frenzy, originally observed among Malays
adverb
2.
run amok, to run about with or as if with a frenzied desire to kill
Word Origin
C17: from Malay amoq furious assault
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Word Origin and History for amok
adv.

in verbal phrase run amok first recorded 1670s, from Malay amuk "attacking furiously." Earlier the word was used as a noun or adjective meaning "a frenzied Malay," originally in the Portuguese form amouco or amuco.

There are some of them [the Javanese] who ... go out into the streets, and kill as many persons as they meet. ... These are called Amuco. ["The Book of Duarte Barbosa: An Account of the Countries Bordering on the Indian Ocean and Their Inhabitants," c.1516, English translation]
Cf. amuck.

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