delirious

adjective
de·lir·i·ous | \ di-ˈlir-ē-əs \

Definition of delirious 

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of delirium delirious mutterings

2 : affected with or marked by delirium delirious with fever delirious fans

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Other words from delirious

deliriously adverb
deliriousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for delirious

Synonyms

ferocious, feverish, fierce, frantic, frenetic, frenzied, furious, mad, rabid, violent, wild

Antonyms

relaxed

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Examples of delirious in a Sentence

As the child's temperature went up, he became delirious and didn't know where he was. He was delirious with fever. a group of delirious fans celebrating the team's victory
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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s December declaration that the Islamic State had been defeated in Iraq had sparked delirious celebrations and pronouncements that Iraq was about to usher in a new era. Washington Post, "Boycotters shake up Iraq’s election, which was marked by historically low turnout," 13 May 2018 Ayrault made the second and then a desperation heave from Dakota missed as time expired to send North into a delirious celebration. Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe North defeats rival Macomb Dakota in regional semifinal," 6 Mar. 2018 The now Barça's star's finest performance in a Liverpool shirt was quite possibly his four-goal outing against Norwich that December, with his confidence at a delirious high, all four strikes were works of art. SI.com, "FanView: Messi Comparisons Are Hyperbole But 4-Goal Salah Is Emulating Suarez at Liverpool," 18 Mar. 2018 If a person seems genuinely delirious or distressed, reduce the stimulus in the room: Lower the lights, keep voices down. Sallie Tisdale, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Expect, Say, and Do When a Loved One Is About to Die," 13 June 2018 Their incompetence and arrogance during qualifying denied us our own display of delirious national pride like the ones in town squares across Europe, South America and, ugh, rival Mexico. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Missing World Cup can't be in vain for U.S. men's national team," 13 July 2018 Not quite yet, but try telling that to the delirious England fans in pubs around the country last night. SI.com, "Why England's Dramatic Late Win Over Tunisia Could Be More Important to the Team Than a Thrashing," 19 June 2018 That embrace of factuality’s slippery nature lends the film a delirious headiness, turning what might otherwise have been just another true-crime story into something more philosophical and complex. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘American Animals’: True crime that’s entertaining and profound," 21 June 2018 In the most severe cases, people would become emaciated, delirious, and incapacitated. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of delirious

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for delirious

see delirium

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delirious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of delirious

: not able to think or speak clearly especially because of fever or other illness

: very excited

delirious

adjective
de·lir·i·ous | \ di-ˈlir-ē-əs \

Kids Definition of delirious

1 : not able to think or speak clearly usually because of a high fever or other illness

2 : wildly excited

Other words from delirious

deliriously adverb deliriously happy

delirious

adjective
de·lir·i·ous | \ di-ˈlir-ē-əs \

Medical Definition of delirious 

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of delirium

2 : affected with or marked by delirium

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deliriously adverb

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