His prophecy kicked off a vertiginous frenzy of doomsaying, and he was thrown in jail by fearful Bolognese officials.
c.1600, "of the nature of vertigo," from French vertigineux, from Latin vertiginosus "suffering from dizziness," from vertigo (see vertigo).
vertiginous ver·tig·i·nous (vər-tĭj'ə-nəs)adj.
Affected by vertigo; dizzy.
Tending to produce vertigo.