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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
With every bit of exposure, the frenetic action of high-level basketball seems to slow down for him.
Steel Vengeance, however, maintains its frenetic momentum and barrage of wild, but smooth, elements all the way to its conclusion.
Medieval warriors venerated the animal in frenetic rituals, hoping to take on its fearsome power; male bears were said to kidnap and rape young women.
Frank Morejon, a Miami MMA marketer and promoter, recalled meeting the frenetic fighter at a couple events.
The emotions would be volcanic, and ecstasy would soon give way to agony, accompanied by the frenetic beats of a music video.
Teeming masses is a term that was meant for the country of 1.3 billion; the frenetic pace engulfs the senses.
The 323rd itself keeps up a frenetic pace, doing around 350 shows a year, from locations in the Alamo City to stops in Austin, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley.
Feeding off a frenetic crowd, Couturier charged the net, dug out the puck from a handful of Penguins, and scored just 2:15 into the game.
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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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