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frenetic

Syllabification: fre·net·ic
Pronunciation: /frəˈnedik
 
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Definition of frenetic in English:

adjective

Fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way: a frenetic pace of activity
More example sentences
  • Our most enduring achievements have resulted not from frenetic activity, but rather from quiet meditation.
  • The game had started at a frenetic pace as both sides sought to stamp their authority on the match.
  • He talks quickly and moves through life fast, but his frenetic ways have hurt him on the field.
Synonyms
frantic, wild, frenzied, hectic, fraught, feverish, fevered, mad, manic, hyperactive, energetic, intense, amped-up, fast and furious, turbulent, tumultuous

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'insane'): from Old French frenetique, via Latin from Greek phrenitikos, from phrenitis 'delirium', from phrēn 'mind'. Compare with frantic.

More
  • This comes via French and Latin from Greek phrenitikos, from phrenitis ‘delirium’, and was initially used to mean ‘insane’. Originally frantic (Late Middle English) was merely an alternative form of the word. Frenzy (Middle English) is from the same root.

Derivatives

frenetically

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Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • But in their enthusiasm to get their hands on the custard, the company did not acquire the formula for the fizzy drink, which was made by adding a sherbet-like powder to cold water and stirring frenetically while the drink foamed.
  • From the very second the air-conditioned stores and shopping malls open, you are carried along with the swirl of bargain-hunting tourists in a controlled, but frenetically intense, buying frenzy.
  • Taking our cue from Boyracer's lengthy discography, we can expect frenetically paced, fuzzed-out pop songs that even your punk rock friend will like.

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