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- n. Violent and irrational excitement; delirium.
- v. To render frantic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Violent and irrational excitement; delirium. See frenzy.
- transitive v. To render frantic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Obsolete forms of frenzy.
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His "phrensy" of desire highlights not what the mirror has accomplished, but what it hasn't.
Unhappy creature that I am, said she, in a kind of phrensy, wringing her hands at the same time, and turning from me, her eyes lifted up!
I attribute it all to a vanity that has, by the foolish admiration of his acquaintance, been worked up into a kind of phrensy, I shall be very unwilling to believe that he ever intended to distress a friend whom he loved as much as I believe that he has done you.
Pg. 35, unusual or archaic spelling of "phrensy" retained.
Having worked himself into this ridiculous kind of phrensy, which lasted, perhaps, from twenty to thirty seconds, he suddenly discontinued it, and suffered his features to relax into their natural form; but the motion of his head seemed to have so stupified him, as indeed it well might, that there remained an unusual vacancy and a drowsy stare upon his countenance for some time afterward.
It is common among men, under the influence of any kind of phrensy, to believe that all the world has the same odd notions that disorder their own imaginations.
There was, I believe, a kind of phrensy in my manner, which threw her into a panic, like that of Semele perhaps, when the Thunderer, in all his majesty, surrounded with ten thousand celestial burning-glasses, was about to scorch her into a cinder.
He beholds the corporate curse, too, of the world’s evil and madness just ready to burst upon his person, and though he is not moved by fear, his pure innocence struggles heavily, with instinctive horror, before that retributive phrensy, which is going to baptize itself in his blood!
“He must be a hardy man, indeed,” he wrote, “who will undertake to declare what will be the choice of the majority of that State, lest he should be suspected of having participated in their phrensy.”
In a phrensy of her soul, writes to her to demand news of her beloved friend, spirited away, as she apprehends, by the base arts of the blackest of men.
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