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  • adv. In a hectic manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a hectic manner; constitutionally; consumptively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a frenzied manner


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  • "Then you do really think," hectically, "that if I take this medicine," mechanically reaching out for it, "I shall regain my health?"

    The Confidence-Man

  • Under the barrel roof of York Hall – a boxing venue – music by Underworld sends a metallic beat through the action, and giant videos flicker behind a hectically lit revolving stage.

    Hamlet; Passion; Beautiful Burnout; Wanderlust

  • Doug of course sees the writing on the wall -- what with Jeffrey Deitch hectically preparing a survey of street art for MOCA's Geffen wing for 2011, a whole lot of recent high art history is about to be erased from the canon to make room for what has been going on outside the museum walls for the past two or thee decades.

    Mat Gleason: LA Art World Gossip, October 2010

  • I think mainly in the realm of film, if something is too hectically edited.

    "If there really was a God here, he'd have raised a hand by now."

  • The parcel leans against a wall hectically Blu-tacked with Julian's drawings: from potato men sprouting arms and legs "My Mummy", to skyscrapers and towers and a not bad charcoal sketch of Raffael, their old alsatian, tattered but surviving.

    Polly Samson | The Man Who Fell

  • The managerial carousel at St James 'Park has whizzed round so hectically in recent years that the club's owners might have been forgiven for examining their history and wondering if they might not do better to revert to getting the team picked and run by a selection committee.

    Newcastle United must do the right thing with Chris Hughton

  • While a siege is rather hectically paced (surely battles in those days weren't as frenetic as video games), the film has a certain confidence.

    Michael Giltz: Cannes 2010 Day One: Robin Hood Ho-Hum

  • "Love's Labour's Lost" is one of the latter, a relentlessly artificial farce whose comedy is almost entirely verbal and whose hectically bawdy wordplay leaves little room for the richness of characterization that modern audiences expect from a Shakespeare production.

    Love Among the Redwoods

  • If one seeks or desires to explain the tragedy, one might say that Shelley wanted poets to be “the unacknowledged legislators” of the world, while Pound sought hectically for acknowledgment, not just for poetry but for himself, and lost the sense of both in the process.

    A Revolutionary Simpleton

  • Now, though, the flesh was almost yellow, drawn tightly over the bones of cheek and jaw, and her eyes were both sunken and hectically bright.

    Dark Moon of Avalon


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