frenetic

adjective
fre·​net·​ic | \ fri-ˈne-tik How to pronounce frenetic (audio) \

Definition of frenetic

: marked by fast and energetic, disordered, or anxiety-driven activity : frenzied, frantic sense 2 a frenetic attempt to beat a deadline frenetic bursts of energy maintaining a frenetic pace … succumb to exhaustion merely trying to keep up with the president's frenetic schedule.The Economist … the "threatening" success of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the signature book of the 1950s Beat Generation, and its frenetic search for sensation.— Dennis Farney

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Other Words from frenetic

frenetically \ fri-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce frenetically (audio) \ adverb
Dillon and Deanne laughed and boogied frenetically for a moment, and then began to waltz as the speed was adjusted… — Peter Cameron Impulsive, provocative, frenetically energetic, teeming with ideas, articulate, generous and courageous, Dr Kouchner is also blunt, abrasive, impatient, disorganised, opinionated and quick-tempered. The Economist
freneticism \ fri-​ˈne-​tə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce freneticism (audio) \ noun
… the freneticism of the urban milieu of the late fifties and early sixties … — Gregory W. Bredbeck Nonstop one-liners, cartoon characters, pointless freneticism and a ridiculous denouement do not a mystery novel make. — Sybil Steinberg

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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Fans have been begging for early goals for a while now, in part due to the hangover from last season, the frenetic win over Aston Villa, and the disgusting loss to Newcastle. SI.com, "First Half Blitz Helps Tottenham Recapture Old White Hart Lane Buzz in 4-0 Crystal Palace Rout," 14 Sep. 2019 The frenetic post-game celebration followed an improbable 10-7 victory by the Sun Devils (3-0) over Michigan State (2-1), which came in ranked 18th in one national poll and 19th in another and boasting the nation's top-ranked rushing defense. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU upsets No. 18 Michigan State 10-7 on Daniels' heroics, Spartan mistakes," 14 Sep. 2019 During the brief, frenetic Arctic summer, millions of waterfowl and shorebirds use the Coastal Plain here before dispersing to every state in the union, and almost every continent. Christopher Solomon, New York Times, "Exploring a Timeless Wilderness, Before the Drilling Begins," 13 Sep. 2019 Back on Earth, Foster tells his biography using the framework of a trip to New York City’s frenetic Times Square. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "'David Foster: Off the Record' is More Infomercial Than Insightful Documentary," 7 Sep. 2019 The Buffaloes scored 24 points in its frenetic second-half surge as the Huskers defense wilted at altitude. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nebraska left stunned after Colorado’s thrilling comeback win: “We were better than that team”," 7 Sep. 2019 Still, Tel Aviv’s frenetic pace, traffic jams and air-so-thick-you-can-cut-it-with-a-knife humidity aren’t for everyone. Michele Chabin, Washington Post, "Instead of busy Tel Aviv, try Eilat for a calmer, quieter beach vacation in Israel," 5 Sep. 2019 In the game's best moments, its frenetic gunfights are surrounded by a feeling of watching ancient tragedies burst through the ice beneath these characters, threatening to swallow them up. Wired, "Gears 5: A War Game That Really Deals with War Trauma," 5 Sep. 2019 Indeed, the Trump administration is moving in the opposite direction – issuing new sanctions at a seemingly frenetic pace. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Iran reduces nuclear deal compliance, warns 'not much time left' to save accord," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of frenetic

circa 1529, 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

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English Language Learners Definition of frenetic

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

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