American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, suffering from, or characteristic of delirium.
- adj. Marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion; ecstatic: delirious joy; a crowd of delirious baseball fans.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wandering in mind; having ideas and fancies that are wild, fantastic, or incoherent; light-headed; flighty; raving.
- Characterized by or proceeding from wild excitement, exaggerated emotion, or rapture: as, delirious joy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having a delirium; wandering in mind; light-headed; insane; raving; wild.
- adj. marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
- adj. experiencing delirium
- From delirium + -ous; see also Latin delirus ("silly, doting, crazy") (Wiktionary)
“I am delirious from a hard day's travel, and the thought that I, a Cimmerian born born in battle under the indifferent eyes of Crom, who mocks the Northern tribes as they wage war among themselves, I, who am a creature of rolling hills and mountains, could be your neighbor, here, in this swamp --" Conan paused and took in the withered creature before him, and for a moment his face was solemn.”
“I want this town to melt in delirious euphoria over a World Championship, and celebrate it every day for a year -- New Orleans style.”
“His biggest worry was Specialist Moreland, who was delirious from a dangerous head wound.”
“Their responses to the examiner or staff are perfunctory and vague, and they may appear to be in an excited delirium, which Kraepelin termed delirious mania.”
“After a while we shall have a letter, which once upon a time we'd have called delirious -- don't know that we could read such a thing now, for the first time, without incredulous laughter -- which Mr. Proctor permitted to be published in”
“Before long a carnival of color began which I can only describe as delirious, intoxicating, a hardly bearable joy, a tender anguish, an indescribable yearning, an unearthly music, rich in love and worship.”
“And when I say "delirious," I sometimes mean it literally.”
“We have to fight this state of existence where people live as though they are 'prisoned in the bars of a single jail', where our people seem to be 'delirious' from malaria, TB, AIDS and many preventable and curable diseases.”
“They made love in the willow grove, questions of honor put aside, promises broken without so much as a look back, and at the end of it Susan discovered there was more than sweetness; there was a kind of delirious clinching of the nerves that began in the part of her that had opened before him like a flower; it began there and then filled her entire body.”
“Now she saw the surface of milk and honey, where newly married couples lolled in a reasonable approximation of the kind of delirious happiness she routinely provided for Veleno.”
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