American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A temporary state of mental confusion and fluctuating consciousness resulting from high fever, intoxication, shock, or other causes. It is characterized by anxiety, disorientation, hallucinations, delusions, and incoherent speech.
- n. A state of uncontrolled excitement or emotion: sports fans in delirium after their team's victory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disordered state, more or less temporary, of the mental faculties, occurring during illness, especially in febrile conditions. It may be the effect of inflammatory action affecting the brain, or it may be sympathetic with disease in other parts of the body, as the heart; it may be caused by long-continued and exhausting pain, or by inanition of the nervous system.
- n. Violent excitement; exaggerated enthusiasm; mad rapture.
- n. A hallucination or delusion; a creation of the imagination.
- n. A temporary mental state with a sudden onset, usually reversible, including symptoms of confusion, inability to concentrate, disorientation, anxiety, and sometimes hallucinations. Causes can include dehydration, drug intoxication, and severe infection.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A state in which the thoughts, expressions, and actions are wild, irregular, and incoherent; mental aberration; a roving or wandering of the mind, -- usually dependent on a fever or some other disease, and so distinguished from
mania, or madness.
- n. Strong excitement; wild enthusiasm; madness.
- n. a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
- n. state of violent mental agitation
- From the Latin dēlīrium ("derangement”, “madness"), from dēlīrō ("I am deranged"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin dēlīrium, from dēlīrāre, to be deranged : dē-, de- + līra, furrow; see leis-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is what they call delirium, I guess," he muttered.”
“This is what they call delirium, I guess" he muttered.”
“It was just as real to me as is the snake beheld by a man in delirium tremens.”
“Half in delirium, he began muttering aloud the lines of an anonymous poem Brissenden had been fond of quoting to him.”
“He has spent an uncounted time in delirium since he was landed on the beach at Ringmanu from the Nari, commanded by one Captain Bateman.”
“But Joe, "soothed and content under the anodyne of delirium," is dragged roughly downtrail by Kah-Chucte and Gowhee.”
“I just don't happen to think that legalising another harmful activity helps and at least alcohol consumption & delirium is not necessarily axiomatic.”
“With the crowd of 42,967 at Comerica Park in delirium, joined by fans watching from distant downtown buildings and all over Michigan, the Tigers rejoiced after their seventh straight postseason win.”
“That macaron looks WAY better than any I've had the pleasure of eating (or, ahem, making), and the description of that sandwich had me practically in delirium tremens.”
“After Nicholas 'shot, several Maryland players raced off the court in delirium, while the Seahawks stood around in a daze.”
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