frenetic was our Word of the Day on 11/26/2010. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
Rossi’s father began a frenetic quest for help that led him to Luigi Gallimberti, a prominent Italian addiction physician who runs the private Villa Maria Clinic in Padua.
The musical style followed the dance; a frenetic sonic collage circumventing traditional electronic genres and encompassing everything from juke to hip-hop to soul.
And, likewise, the frenetic developments represent an important test for a White House that has not shown especially sure footing in high-pressure situations.
The index, which goes back to 2007, doesn’t account for the frenetic days of the dot-com bubble.
The activity has been frenetic, all-consuming, and at times self-destructive.
Like Lamar’s delivery on Butterfly, Coltrane is frenetic and confounding while maintaining a superior sense of poise and control.
Grandiose piano contrasted with frenetic sections, the theme distressed and disrupted.
There is a lot of fighting in the film, with frenetic action that can be hard to follow, but the intense Washington Monument scene is rewarding.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'frenetic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
Synonymsdelirious, ferocious, feverish, fierce, frantic, furious, frenzied, mad, rabid, violent, wild
Related Wordsconcentrated, high-pressured, intense, intensive, vehement; excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, immoderate, inordinate, lavish, overmuch, overweening, unconscionable, undue; crazed, crazy, demented, deranged, insane, irrational, lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac)
Near Antonymscalm, peaceful, placid, quiet, serene, subdued, tranquil, undisturbed, unperturbed, untroubled; moderate, reasonable, temperate; casual, easygoing, low-pressure; balanced, sane, sound
FRENETIC Defined for English Language Learners
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up frenetic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).