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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
Riprore, which focuses on the heart of gangland Los Angeles, where a gruesome discovery sparks a frenetic homicide investigation, but underneath the surface lurks a darkness that leads to the end of days.
Democrats also need a candidate like Sen. Franken who can handle the art of political combat within the new frenetic cable and Internet media environment.
Indeed, to watch Green play is to be aware of both result and process, the all-fronts expertise and the frenetic drive that brought it about.
Their appearances on stage, particularly early in the going, unfold slowly and lack the frenetic mischief of the fables.
The furious scoring of Durant and Westbrook applied the pressure, and then a frenetic defense would overwhelm.
The Flats East Bank is shooting for a frenetic summer full of openings and events.
The frenetic pace of original scripted TV production may be slowing, as networks like MTV, A&E and WGN cut back on high-end series to focus on more economical reality shows.
This is combined with fast and frenetic group combat and looks to up the ante with boss challenges.
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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
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
First Known Use: 14th century
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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