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phrenetic

[fri-net-ik] /frɪˈnɛt ɪk/
adjective, Also, phrenetical
1.
2.
filled with extreme excitement; fanatic; frenzied.
noun
3.
a phrenetic person.
Origin
1325-1375
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 semiphrenetic

phrenetic

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

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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semiphrenetic in Medicine

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

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