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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And while the show’s pace remains frenetic, its narrative benefits from a straightforward setting with straightforward goals. Scott Meslow, GQ, "It’s a Bloody Good Time to Jump Into AMC’s Preacher," 22 June 2018 The genteel sport of lawn bowling might be king in Mount Dora, but the more frenetic game of pickleball is gaining popularity. Jerry Fallstrom, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pickleball craze takes hold in Mount Dora, though lawn bowling is still king," 22 June 2018 And his directorial style — which favors long shots and camera movement over jump cuts — gets under your skin far more effectively than horror films that go in for more frenetic editing. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hereditary director Ari Aster on family trauma and researching that ending," 14 June 2018 Then comes the next act: frantic, frenetic, faster and louder. Adesuwa Agbonile And Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Our interns ranked the best Fourth of July fireworks so you don't have to," 28 June 2018 Not easy in our frenetic, techno-saturated, distracted culture. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "To succeed as a father, share the sorrows and magnify the joys," 14 June 2018 Gemini energy is frenetic, spontaneous, and often hyperactive, attributes that most creature-of-habit Cancers have a difficult time tolerating. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What May's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 26 Apr. 2018 Their coach preferred a frenetic pace, a motion offense and 50-point quarters. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Run TMC Lives on as the Rare Team Celebrated for Style Rather Than Record," 28 June 2018 Still, there's a certain ineffable quality to the way McCaw defends and hustles that lifts a team, a frenetic energy that can help turn the tide or sustain a run. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Best Players Left in NBA Free Agency," 9 July 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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