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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.
The Irish came out with a frenetic offensive tempo, scoring their first touchdown on their first drive by going 78 yards in seven plays in just 1:55.
The Kings don’t need a frenetic Cauley-Stein on the court this season.
Pioneering garage-rock band still packed a frenetic wallop nearly a half-century later.
That’s an important starting point for any assessment of how President Emmanuel Macron is faring as his frenetic young revolution expands into ever more corners of the economy.
As a result, their frenetic overseas investments have slowed sharply this year.
Just 10 kilometers from the frenetic pulse of central Naples, in stark contrast to the Italian city’s impressive volcanic-stone churches and effortlessly stylish urbanites, sits a boxy, concrete building.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts said the Pacers' frenetic pace led to 118 offensive possessions, nearly 40 points in transition and loads of balance.
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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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