frantic

[fran-tik]
adjective
1.
desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
2.
Archaic. insane; mad.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English frantik, frenetik < Old French frenetique < Latin phrenēticus delirious < Greek phrenētikós. See frenzy, -tic

frantically, franticly, adverb
franticness, noun

fanatic, frantic, frenetic (see synonym study at fanatic).


1. overwrought, agitated, frenzied, distraught.
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frantic (ˈfræntɪk)
 
adj
1.  distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
2.  marked by or showing frenzy: frantic efforts
3.  archaic insane
 
[C14: from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus mad, frenetic]
 
'frantically
 
adv
 
'franticly
 
adv
 
'franticness
 
n

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frantic
mid-14c., "insane," unexplained variant of M.E. frentik (see frenetic). Transferred meaning "affected by wild excitement" is from late 15c. Of the adv. forms, frantically (1749) is later than franticly (1540s).
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Example sentences
Most have spent the last three weeks frantically trying to locate missing
  students and faculty.
Distraught local people fished out the dead and searched frantically for
  survivors.
As he was frantically driven from show to show, his intake of alcohol and
  cigarettes skyrocketed.
Dismayed and exhausted, they had stopped yelling frantically for help.
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