- 1Having or showing the symptoms of a fever: a febrile illnessMore example sentences
- The primary end point was a febrile illness (fever on at least one day plus symptoms for at least two consecutive days).
- Persons living in households with a vaccinated child experienced 40 percent fewer cases of febrile respiratory illness.
- This is called a fever seizure or febrile seizure.
- 2Characterized by a great deal of nervous excitement or energy: the febrile atmosphere of the cityMore example sentences
- The febrile excitement of the story is sustained by the use of rapid action, exotic locales, and exaggerated passions, often cruel or prurient.
- The febrile atmosphere within the party at Westminster last week has, on occasion, been reminiscent of those times.
- In the febrile atmosphere following the raids, all sorts of spectacular claims emerged, some from British sources, but mostly from the United States and Pakistan.
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- Its author, Stephen Crane, was a genius who admired Tolstoy and who somewhat febrilely aimed at absolute truthfulness.
- As a surgeon he is endlessly aware, febrilely alive, persistently analytical, incorrigibly fascinated: a product of his time.
mid 17th century: from French fébrile or medieval Latin febrilis, from Latin febris 'fever'.