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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
One thing that consistently impresses me about this book: There is no wasted space or awkward slowdowns as everything moves at a frenetic, breathless clip.
Silly season moved quickly this year, spinning this way and that over a frenetic couple of weeks.
That frenetic up and down pace, a program calling card for years along with a nice collection of 3-point shooters led by Alex Rodriguez who came off the bench last year will make the Beavers a problem for most opponents.
The frenetic push for new nominees on the part of the White House, the Senate leadership, home-state senators and outside groups has delivered some who could have benefitted from a more careful vet.
And much like Irving’s frenetic style of play, his latest signature kicks alluring, eye-catching, and unexpected in just the right places.
The incredibly frenetic life of late writer Hunter S. Thompson could soon find its way to TV.
Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena has one of the league’s loudest and most frenetic backing tracks—the speakers are constantly blaring music, thumping bass, and piping in sound effects to celebrate the home team’s successes.
The German-language video opens on a woman rifling through letters and personal memorabilia, and the sound of shuffling papers feels frenetic given how closely the jump cuts are spliced together.
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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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