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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
The run completed a sloppy, frenetic half for both teams.
Padilha brings a frenetic, authentic style and flair to this depiction and never loses sight of its larger messages and themes.
In a typically frenetic match between England’s two biggest teams historically, Liverpool failed to handle United’s aggressive and direct start as two long balls forward resulted in goals from the 20-year-old Rashford in the 14th and 24th minutes.
Uploaded at a frenetic pace during 2016, the posts link predominantly to the websites DoNotShoot.
Twitter began to feel frenetic, unhinged, and—all too often—angry.
Tony Kiritsis, the profane, frenetic, shotgun-wielding hostage taker.
The fullcourt pressure was frenetic at times, harrying Pittsburgh's ball-handlers into panicked decisions.
The Algiers-team used it frenetic pace and trapping defense and started the contest on a 15-4 run.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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