from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Feverishness.

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  • noun a rise in the temperature of the body; frequently a symptom of infection


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  • As Bulgakov, Jennings is reed-like, glistening with anxiety: the embodiment of febrility and ill-fated aspiration.

    Collaborators; Three Days in May; His Teeth – review

  • But negotiations need to be carried out without the added febrility of unconnected actions.

    Six takes on the wildcat strikes

  • Then there is the window, opening right down to the floor, from which, if it please you, you may study the activity of the roofless ant-hill beneath, the restless febrility of West End London.

    The Sins of Séverac Bablon

  • Michelet, but with the difference of febrility to the potent discharge of power.

    Initiation into Literature

  • At the same time the Stock Market exhibited tokens of excessive febrility, New York Central dropping twenty-three per cent. and

    Lights and Shadows of New York Life or, the Sights and Sensations of the Great City

  • There has been an improvement in a context of febrility which naturally needs to be underlined.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • In a sign of the febrility of the public mood, many beach-goers apparently mistook the air raid sirens for a genuine Iranian attack and fled in panic for their cars. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The volatility and febrility of the piece demands such flexibility from every section, not least the strings, and Bychkov miraculously had them achieving a lightness of touch and quickness of response that was tantamount to producing a sleek sports car from a juggernaut.

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  • Her peaceable kingdom ” where birds and moths and small mammals lie down with oil tycoons and lumber barons, and dainty bathroom fixtures and lovely things to eat and lawn dresses and eugenics and God and fringed gentians are all mixed up together ” is the product of an imagination of an almost life-threatening febrility.

    Catacomb Efreet

  • Clare’s cheeks were flushed; there was febrility in her whole manner and appearance.

    Over the River


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  • "' you will have perceived there is an increasing febrility, and our best course is no doubt bark, steel, saline enemata, rest and above all quiet.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 25

    March 6, 2008