phrenetical

frenetic

[fruh-net-ik]
adjective
frantic; frenzied.
Also, frenetical, phrenetic, phrenetical.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see frantic

frenetically, adverb
nonfrenetic, adjective
nonfrenetically, adverb

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

[fri-net-ik]
adjective Also, phrenetical.
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

phrenetically, adverb
phreneticness, noun
nonphrenetic, adjective
nonphrenetically, adverb
semiphrenetic, adjective
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frenetic (frɪˈnɛtɪk)
 
adj
distracted or frantic; frenzied
 
[C14: via Old French frenetique from Latin phrenēticus, from Greek phrenētikos, from phrenitis insanity, from phrēn mind]
 
fre'netically
 
adv
 
fre'neticness
 
n

phrenetic (frɪˈnɛtɪk)
 
adj
an obsolete spelling of frenetic
 
phre'netically
 
adv
 
phre'neticness
 
n

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frenetic
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.

phrenetic
late 14c., from O.Fr. frenetike, from L. phreneticus, from Gk. phrenetikos "mad, delirious, frantic," from phren (gen. phrenos) "diaphragm, heart, mind," of unknown origin. A doublet of frantic.
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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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