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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
For starts, Beard -- a New Orleans artist and author best known for his frenetic deceptions of wildlife -- lives in a pink elephant surrounded by a menagerie.
Anthony Rose is one of Toronto’s most frenetic restaurateurs, with a diverse portfolio of consistently fun hangouts, from backyard beer gardens to barbecue tents and throwback diners.
Following the frenetic start to the game, both teams regained their composure, giving themselves and fans a chance to draw breath.
For example, when Lincoln is assassinated, the frenetic Stanton immediately fills the power vacuum, making himself, in effect, the acting president.
Faris and Dayton shoot mostly in saturated, grainy close-up, giving the film a frenetic energy.
Untitled depicts a grimacing skull rendered with frenetic swathes of red, blue, and black.
The second act moves to a cafe scene, where the group meets the rambunctious Musetta (Annia Hidalgo), who swiftly seduces O’Donnell’s Marcello while a frenetic and boisterous group dance goes on around them.
Argentina was frenetic and panicky, its only goal an own goal, meaning that in the last four qualifiers no Argentina player has scored from open play.
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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
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
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