Definition of delirium
Examples of delirium in a Sentence
In her delirium, nothing she said made any sense.
shoppers running around in a delirium the day before Christmas
Recent Examples of delirium from the Web
A medical examiner concluded that a struggle with corrections officers led Williams to suffer from excited delirium, a form of mania that follows severe physical agitation.
Estimates of delirium’s prevalence vary widely, ranging from 13 percent to 50 percent among people who have non-heart surgery, according to an editorial accompanying the study, which appears in JAMA Surgery.
The capital of California, already whipped into a frenzy over that best-of-seven series of regional animosity, was poised to explode in communal delirium.
The intensity of the ideological fixation is altogether comparable to the Communist delirium.
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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
DELIRIUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of delirium for English Language Learners
: 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
DELIRIUM Defined for Kids
Definition of delirium for Students
1 : a condition of mind in which thought and speech are confused usually because of a high fever or other illness
2 : wild excitement
Medical Definition of delirium
: a mental disturbance characterized by confusion, disordered speech, and hallucinations
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