amok

[uh-muhk, uh-mok]
noun
1.
(among members of certain Southeast Asian cultures) a psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder.
adjective
Idioms
3.
run/go amok. amuck ( def 3 ).
Also, amuck.


Origin:
1865–70; < Malay amuk

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amok or amuck (əˈmʌk, əˈmɒk, əˈmʌk)
 
n
1.  a state of murderous frenzy, originally observed among Malays
 
adv
2.  run amok to run about with or as if with a frenzied desire to kill
 
[C17: from Malay amoq furious assault]
 
amuck or amuck
 
n
 
adv
 
[C17: from Malay amoq furious assault]

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amok
in phrase to run amok first recorded 1670s, from Malay amuk "attacking furiously." Earlier the word was used as a noun or adj. meaning "a frenzied Malay," originally in the Port. 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, Eng. transl.]
Cf. amuck.
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Example sentences
But more is needed to understand and significantly treat self-destructive
  behavior run amok.
There sure is a lot of ignorance running amok on these days.
My expectations have been raised to this ridiculous level by technology running
  amok through my heretofore-bucolic existence.
Changing the text of the author seems to me to be the height of arrogance and
  as others have said, an example of pc run amok.
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