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Examples of frenetic in a Sentence
The celebration was noisy and frenetic.
the frenetic rush to get every member of the cast in place before the curtain went up
Recent Examples of frenetic from the Web
More than a million tourists visit the gardens each year, and compete for close-up shots of tulip gardens, no less frenetic than a red carpet shoot.
Admission is limited — only 50 visitors are allowed in each half-hour — so as to ensure the museum never feels too frenetic or crowded.
Your daily life might not change much month-to-month March through May, but the natural world was moving at a frenetic pace that entire time.
A mile and a half away in a frenetic LA street is a beautified median—some nice little trees, shrubs, and dirt, with a walking path meandering through—that doubles as a spreading ground in miniature.
Despite the active, sometimes frenetic qualities of the music, Gomyo played with absolute precision and complete command, without any sense of tension crossing the footlights.
The defense was frenetic from the start, with Padgett mixing between a 2-3 zone and man-to-man to confuse and rush Georgia Tech.
With tweets and leaks setting the frenetic pace of the daily news agenda, Syria is ancient history.
The show settles into these quiet moments of powerlessness, which are enhanced by the incredible chaos elsewhere — impossible, frenetic action and outlandish, cartoonish distortions of character design and movement.
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Did You Know?
When life gets frenetic, things can seem absolutely insane - at least that seems to be what folks in the Middle Ages thought. Frenetik, in Middle English, meant "insane." When the word no longer denoted stark raving madness, it conjured up fanatical zealots. Today its seriousness has been downgraded to something more akin to hectic. But if you trace frenetic back through Anglo-French and Latin, you'll find that it comes from Greek phrenitis, a term describing an inflammation of the brain. Phrēn, the Greek word for "mind," is a root you will recognize in schizophrenic. As for frenzied and frantic, they're not only synonyms of frenetic but relatives as well. Frantic comes from frenetik, and frenzied traces back to phrenitis.
Origin and Etymology of frenetic
FRENETIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of frenetic for English Language Learners
: filled with excitement, activity, or confusion : wild or frantic
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