Definition of delirium in English:

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delirium

Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪrɪəm/

noun

[mass noun]
1An acutely disturbed state of mind characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence, occurring in intoxication, fever, and other disorders: somewhere a patient shouted in delirium she had fits of delirium
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  • Schizophrenia is conventionally distinguished from the organic psychoses dementia and delirium by the absence of intellectual compromise.
  • The use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, or anticholinesterase inhibitors for insomnia related to delirium or dementia is also unproved.
  • Some affected people suffer mental disturbances such as delirium, hallucinations, and even psychotic behaviour.
Synonyms
derangement, dementia, dementedness, temporary madness/insanity;
incoherence, raving, irrationality, hysteria, wildness, feverishness, frenzy, hallucination
rare calenture
1.1Wild excitement or ecstasy: a chorus of delirium from the terrace
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  • Not only did the win send the home fans into state of rapturous delirium, but the achievement relieved the team's coach, who had looked tense during the final.
  • ‘The thrill, the mad delirium of being free is beyond description,’ he writes.
  • There's a floodlit stage and electronic band of ‘gruperos’ in transports of salsa-invoked delirium.
Synonyms
ecstasy, rapture, transports, wild emotion, passion, wildness, excitement, frenzy, feverishness, fever;
euphoria, elation

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin, from delirare 'deviate, be deranged' (literally 'deviate from the furrow'), from de- 'away' + lira 'ridge between furrows'.

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  • This is a Latin word adopted into English, from the verb delirare ‘deviate, be deranged’. The literal meaning is ‘deviate from the furrow’, from de- ‘away’ and lira ‘a ridge between furrows’.

Words that rhyme with delirium

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