noun, plural frenzies.
extreme mental agitation; wild excitement or derangement.
a fit or spell of violent mental excitement; a paroxysm characteristic of or resulting from a mania: He is subject to these frenzies several times a year.
verb (used with object), frenzied, frenzying.
to drive to frenzy; make frantic: She was frenzied by fear when she smelled the smoke.

1300–50; Middle English frenesie < Old French < Late Latin phrenēsis < Late Greek, for Greek phrenîtis; see phrenitis

frenzily, adverb

2. madness, insanity, lunacy, aberration; rage, fury, raving.

1. calm. 2. sanity. Unabridged
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frenzy (ˈfrɛnzɪ)
n , pl -zies
1.  violent mental derangement
2.  wild excitement or agitation; distraction
3.  a bout of wild or agitated activity: a frenzy of preparations
vb , -zies, -zies, -zying, -zied
4.  (tr) to make frantic; drive into a frenzy
[C14: from Old French frenesie, from Late Latin phrēnēsis madness, delirium, from Late Greek, ultimately from Greek phrēn mind; compare frenetic]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. frenesie, from M.L. phrenesia, from phrenesis, back formation from L. phreneticus "delirious" (see frenetic). Related: Frenzied.
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