from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A frantic or frenzied person; one whose mind is disordered.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Relating to phrenitis; suffering from frenzy; delirious; mad; frantic; frenetic.
- noun One who is phrenetic.
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- adjective Dated form of
- noun Dated form of
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- adjective excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
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Indeed, this word phrenetic or maniac is no reproach; it is identical with mantic -- prophetic. [
Then her father jerked in a phrenetic dance, until he stripped the suit and ran.
I long for the days of phrenetic brass sections and theremins and moogs.
In the same manner, to take inspiration in the proper sense, or to say that good spirits entered into men to make them prophesy, or evil spirits into those that became phrenetic, lunatic, or epileptic, is not to take the word in the sense of the Scripture; for the Spirit there is taken for the power of God, working by causes to us unknown.
He went so far as to question Scripture: "If there are thus no other signs necessary to demon possession, than those which are described by the Evangelists, [then] every epileptic, melancholiac, phrenetic, will have the devil in their body: and there will be more demoniacs in the world than fools."
If he shall say that it doth not so appear unto him that the being of God is so revealed by them, it is a sufficient reply, in case he be so indeed, to say he is phrenetic, and hath not the use of his reason; and if he be not so, that he argues in express contradiction unto his own reason, as may be demonstrated.
This was very new; it was also very strange what a fascination he found in his phrenetic exercises.
Cases have been known of a native sentinel having been left at his post for a little over that regulation time, and to have become phrenetic, under the impression that the two hours had long since expired, and that he had been forgotten.
The native Irish, then, have a remarkable tradition, as old, at least, as the seventh or eighth century, that phrenetic madmen lose the corporeal quality of weight.
Then the engine-driver would go on towards the sound of the guns till you wondered, made uneasy by the signs without, whether he was phrenetic and intended to run the enemy down.