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frenetic

[fruh-net-ik] /frəˈnɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
frantic; frenzied.
Also, frenetical, phrenetic, phrenetical.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see frantic
Related forms
frenetically, adverb
nonfrenetic, adjective
nonfrenetically, adverb
Can be confused
fanatic, frantic, frenetic (see synonym study at fanatic)

phrenetic

[fri-net-ik] /frɪˈnɛt ɪk/
adjective, Also, phrenetical
1.
2.
filled with extreme excitement; fanatic; frenzied.
noun
3.
a phrenetic person.
Origin
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
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British Dictionary definitions for phrenetical

frenetic

/frɪˈnɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
distracted or frantic; frenzied
Derived Forms
frenetically, adverb
freneticness, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French frenetique from Latin phrenēticus, from Greek phrenētikos, from phrenitis insanity, from phrēn mind

phrenetic

/frɪˈnɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
an obsolete spelling of frenetic
Derived Forms
phrenetically, adverb
phreneticness, noun
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Word Origin and History for phrenetical

frenetic

adj.

late 14c., from Old French frenetike, from Latin phreneticus "delirious," alteration of Greek phrenitikos, from phrenitis "frenzy," literally "inflammation of the brain," from phren "mind, reason" (from PIE *gwhren- "to think") + -itis. The classical ph- was restored mid-16c. Related: Frenetically.

phrenetic

adj.

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

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phrenetical in Medicine

frenetic fre·net·ic or phre·net·ic (frə-nět'ĭk)
adj.
Wildly excited or active; frantic; frenzied.

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

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