characterized by intense agitation, excitement, confused and rapid movement, etc.: The week before the trip was hectic and exhausting.

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin hecticus < Greek hektikós habitual, consumptive, adj. corresponding to héxis possession, state, habit, equivalent to *hech-, base of échein to have + -sis -sis; see -tic; replacing Middle English etyk < Middle French

hectically, hecticly, adverb
hecticness, noun
nonhectic, adjective
nonhectically, adverb
unhectic, adjective
unhectically, adverb

1. frantic, frenzied, wild, chaotic.
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hectic (ˈhɛktɪk)
1.  characterized by extreme activity or excitement
2.  associated with, peculiar to, or symptomatic of tuberculosis (esp in the phrases hectic fever, hectic flush)
3.  a hectic fever or flush
4.  rare a person who is consumptive or who experiences a hectic fever or flush
[C14: from Late Latin hecticus, from Greek hektikos habitual, from hexis state, from ekhein to have]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., etik, from O.Fr. etique, from L.L. hecticus, from Gk. hektikos "continuous, habitual, consumptive" (of a disease, because of the constant fever), from hexis "habit," from ekhein "have, hold, continue." The Latin -h- was restored in Eng. 1500s. Sense of "feverishly exciting, full of disorganized
activity" first recorded 1904.
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