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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.
But in such febrile times, one rooster crowing was likely to set off all theothers in the village.
As Ossoff has moved from underdog to slight favorite, the attacks on him have grown increasingly febrile.
But the movie isn’t conceived to allow Theron, an actress who has always suggested febrile intensity beneath a composed exterior, to mourn, even in those private moments that form the bond between character and moviegoer.
The North Koreans, meanwhile, were deploying their own, typically febrile rhetoric.
Around midsummer each year, Catherine St. Germans allows her ancient and lush estate to become febrile ground for a weekend of ideas and inspiration, spread across literature, art, music, food, and fashion.
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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."
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