from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Wildly excited or active; frantic; frenzied.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating to or accompanied by mental disorder.
  • Frenzied; frantic.
  • Also spelled phrenetic, phrenetical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Distracted; mad; frantic; phrenetic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Fast, frantic, harried, or frenzied; having extreme enthusiasm or energy.
  • adjective obsolete Mentally deranged, insane.
  • adjective obsolete, medicine Characterised by manifestations of delirium or madness.
  • noun One who is frenetic.

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  • adjective excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English frenetik, from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus, from Greek phrenītikos, from phrenītis, brain disease, from phrēn, mind; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Old French frenetike, from Latin phreneticus, from Ancient Greek *φρενητικός ("delirious"), from φρενῖτις ("delirium"), from φρήν ("mind"). Compare frantic.


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