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[fri-net-ik] /frɪˈnɛt ɪk/
adjective, Also, phrenetical
filled with extreme excitement; fanatic; frenzied.
a phrenetic person.
Origin of phrenetic
1325-75; < Latin phrenēticus < Late Greek phrenētikós, Greek phrenītikós frenzied (see phrenitis, -ic); replacing Middle English frenetike < Anglo-French < Latin as above; cf. frenetic
Related forms
phrenetically, adverb
phreneticness, noun
nonphrenetic, adjective
nonphrenetically, adverb
semiphrenetic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for phrenetic
Historical Examples
  • This was very new; it was also very strange what a fascination he found in his phrenetic exercises.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Yet here I sit, as yet unimmolated on the altar of phrenetic vengeance.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • He is a foolish physician that cannot bear the words of a phrenetic or delirant patient.

British Dictionary definitions for phrenetic


an obsolete spelling of frenetic
Derived Forms
phrenetically, adverb
phreneticness, noun
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Word Origin and History for phrenetic

late 14c., from Old French frenetike "mad, crazy" (13c.), from Latin phreneticus, from Greek phren "diaphragm, heart, mind" (see phreno-). A doublet of frantic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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phrenetic in Medicine

phrenetic phre·net·ic (frə-nět'ĭk)
Variant of frenetic.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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