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delirium

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noun de·lir·i·um \di-ˈlir-ē-əm\

Simple Definition of delirium

  • : a mental state in which you are confused and not able to think or speak clearly usually because of fever or some other illness

  • : a state of wild excitement and great happiness

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of delirium

  1. 1 :  an acute mental disturbance characterized by confused thinking and disrupted attention usually accompanied by disordered speech and hallucinations

  2. 2 :  frenzied excitement <he would stride about his room in a delirium of joy — Thomas Wolfe>

Examples of delirium in a sentence

  1. In her delirium, nothing she said made any sense.

  2. <shoppers running around in a delirium the day before Christmas>



Origin and Etymology of delirium

Latin, from delirare to be crazy, literally, to leave the furrow (in plowing), from de- + lira furrow — more at learn


First Known Use: circa 1563

Rhymes with delirium


DELIRIUM Defined for Kids

delirium

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noun de·lir·i·um \di-ˈlir-ē-əm\

Definition of delirium for Students

  1. 1 :  a condition of mind in which thought and speech are confused usually because of a high fever or other illness

  2. 2 :  wild excitement




Medical Dictionary

delirium

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noun de·lir·i·um \di-ˈlir-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of delirium

  1. :  a mental disturbance characterized by confusion, disordered speech, and hallucinations





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