frenetic

adjective
fre·​net·​ic | \ fri-ˈne-tik \

Definition of frenetic

: frenzied, frantic a frenetic attempt to beat a deadline frenetic bursts of energy

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Other Words from frenetic

frenetically \ fri-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
freneticism \ fri-​ˈne-​tə-​ˌsi-​zəm \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for frenetic

Synonyms

delirious, ferocious, feverish, fierce, frantic, frenzied, furious, mad, rabid, violent, wild

Antonyms

relaxed

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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.

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

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Your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing are at their highest, most frenetic rates, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "14 Benefits of Female Masturbation and Why Every Woman Should Do It," 31 Dec. 2018 Step across the pond to lovely Croatia and hear the tale of how one of the most frenetic shooters ever came to be. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "War Stories: Serious Sam almost didn’t happen—until crates saved the day," 27 Dec. 2018 To New Yorkers, few things are worse than the frenetic hellscape that is midtown Manhattan. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Two Very Big Reasons You Should Do Your Holiday Shopping in Midtown Manhattan," 20 Nov. 2018 Caizzi and company honor the book with slapstick most frenetic. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Princeton Festival presents a wild, tuneful, stripped-down 'Forum'," 12 June 2018 These, of course, are the portals to the world that dozens of artists explore, critique and celebrate in the show proper, a somewhat frenetic assemblage situated inside the museum’s fourth-floor galleries. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "MCA's new 'I Was Raised on the Internet' exhibition asks what the web has done to us," 2 July 2018 These have been extremely frenetic weeks trying to keep up with our busy community members. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: She has unbridled enthusiasm for June LCF Chamber of Commerce mixer," 25 June 2018 The announcement capped a frenetic week since Trump first revealed his plans, including the resignation of a key economic adviser. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump looks to past with eye on the future," 9 Mar. 2018 In those frenetic, chaotic weeks following the departure of Chris Mullin and Pete D’Alessandro, Divac drafted Cauley-Stein out of Kentucky and pursued Koufos in free agency. Ailene Voisin, sacbee, "Amid talk of a trade, Koufos ready for whatever is next, sees ‘much potential’ on Kings," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of frenetic

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frenetic

Middle English frenetik insane, from Anglo-French, from Latin phreneticus, modification of Greek phrenitikos, from phrenitis inflammation of the brain, from phren-, phrēn diaphragm, mind

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frenetic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of frenetic

: filled with excitement, activity, or confusion : wild or frantic

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