amok was our Word of the Day on 10/02/2010. Hear the podcast!
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Origin and Etymology of amok
First Known Use: 1665See Words from the same year
Recent Examples of amok from the Web
Black Panther continues to run amok at the box office, with the film grossing another $108 million during its second weekend on screen, for the second highest second weekend of all-time behind Star Wars: Force Awakens.
Some people think domestic abuse is a tantrum run amok.
Over the last several days, however, Damore has been adopted as a hero of the far right, which has highlighted his dismissal to support a broader narrative of progressivism run amok.
The risk is particularly high for children, whose cells have divided less often and are more likely to run amok if damaged.
Kramer also tells stories about running amok with Frank Gifford.
In an age of referencing run amok, there’s something refreshing—and maybe even progressive—about a designer who builds and entire brand out of what other designers will only borrow bits and pieces of.
Wilson is set to play Thomas Irdley/Jimmy, two look-alike businessmen caught up in an African copper deal run amok.
If the convention is called, the disunion that has become a faith in some conservative quarters will run amok.
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medical Definition of amok
- Amok is a condition in South Asian and Pacific Islander cultures when a person attacks and tries to kill others.
- —Christopher A. Kearney and Timothy J. Trull, Abnormal Psychology and Life, 2011
- … research suggests that amok can and does occur in other countries, such as Laos, the Philippines, Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, and even the United States. Certain acts of random violence (e.g., school shootings and office shootings) may actually be presentations of an American version of amok.
- —Michael Gomez, in Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology, 2006
amokalso amuck adjective or adverb
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