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Now, just six months into his term as chancellor, Kurz is seizing a febrile moment in European politics to make himself into one of the continent’s true power players.
One of those families is the picornavirus family, which is tied to the common cold, but also febrile illness, encephalitis, and a type of hepatitis.
Fuster unleashed his febrile imagination on his own home, turning it into a wonderland of mosaic and tile that recalls Nikki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden.
Memoir mixes with cultural history as a slideshow incorporates Bocanegra's arresting visual sensibility in a theatrical exhibition that doesn't so much set out to simulate her character as to tap into the wavelength of her febrile mind.
Trump is going to go after Mueller at some point because there is no other way for Trump’s febrile mind to make sense of the world.
In this febrile atmosphere, where every faction is watching every other faction to see who will blink first, Rees-Mogg has uses beyond the obvious.
Arthur Sullivan’s buoyant music is enlisted in helping the characters wrest free from the farcical jams cooked up by Gilbert’s febrile imagination.
But if continuity is one feature of Silicon Valley, febrile disruption is another.
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Did You Know?
Not too surprisingly, febrile originated in the field of medicine. We note its first use in the work of the 17th-century medical reformer Noah Biggs. Biggs used it in admonishing physicians to care for their "febrile patients" properly. Both feverish and febrile are from the Latin word for fever, which is febris. Nowadays, febrile is used in medicine in a variety of ways, including references to such things as "the febrile phase" of an illness. And, like feverish, it also has an extended sense, as in "a febrile emotional state."
FEBRILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of febrile for English Language Learners
medical : including or caused by fever
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