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frenetic

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adjective fre·net·ic \fri-ˈne-tik\

Simple Definition of frenetic

  • : filled with excitement, activity, or confusion : wild or frantic

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of frenetic

frenetically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
freneticism play \-ˈne-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Examples of frenetic in a sentence

  1. The celebration was noisy and frenetic.

  2. <the frenetic rush to get every member of the cast in place before the curtain went up>



Did You Know?

When life gets frenetic, things can seem absolutely insane - at least that seems to be what folks in the Middle Ages thought. Frenetik, in Middle English, meant "insane." When the word no longer denoted stark raving madness, it conjured up fanatical zealots. Today its seriousness has been downgraded to something more akin to hectic. But if you trace frenetic back through Anglo-French and Latin, you'll find that it comes from Greek phrenitis, a term describing an inflammation of the brain. Phrēn, the Greek word for "mind," is a root you will recognize in schizophrenic. As for frenzied and frantic, they're not only synonyms of frenetic but relatives as well. Frantic comes from frenetik, and frenzied traces back to phrenitis.

Origin of frenetic

Middle English frenetik insane, from Anglo-French, from Latin phreneticus, modification of Greek phrenitikos, from phrenitis inflammation of the brain, from phren-, phrēn diaphragm, mind


First Known Use: 14th century



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