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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
With Mothership Strategies consulting, the campaign launched a frenetic email fundraising drive that contributed to the race becoming the most expensive in the history of the House.
Take all that kind of excitement and frenetic energy of the first season.
The Scene: Stranger Things, Season 1, Episode 3 Winona Ryder acts at a frenetic pace in Stranger Things.
Carlos trains at a frenetic pace, coming in for two-a-days every day of the week.
But again, be mindful of the already frenetic nature of this summer’s event.
Danes are buying and selling homes at the fastest pace since 2006, when the frenetic pace of deals was followed by the worst property market crash in a generation.
Not all homes are selling at the same frenetic pace.
Entirely symbolic, the ceremony comes during the court’s busiest season, with the frenetic rush to decide the remaining cases from the term...
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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