frantic; frenzied.
Also, frenetical, phrenetic, phrenetical.

1350–1400; Middle English; see frantic

frenetically, adverb
nonfrenetic, adjective
nonfrenetically, adverb

fanatic, frantic, frenetic (see synonym study at fanatic). Unabridged
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frenetic (frɪˈnɛtɪk)
distracted or frantic; frenzied
[C14: via Old French frenetique from Latin phrenēticus, from Greek phrenētikos, from phrenitis insanity, from phrēn mind]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. frenetike, from L. phreneticus "delirious," alteration of Gk. phrenitikos, from phrenitis "frenzy," lit. "inflammation of the brain," from phren "mind, reason" + -itis. The classical ph- was restored mid-16c. Related: Frenetically.
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frenetic fre·net·ic or phre·net·ic (frə-nět'ĭk)
Wildly excited or active; frantic; frenzied.

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Example sentences
The dynamic was sometimes frenetic, always reactive.
No matter how frenetic and energy-filled the scene is, there still needs to be
  a moment among the frenzy.
If the big funds in effect own the market in aggregate, then frenetic trading
  activity is fruitless, even before costs.
The relationships forged during military service foster frenetic networking in
  civilian life.
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