Definition of febrile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiːbrʌɪl/


1Having or showing the symptoms of a fever: a febrile illness
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  • 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.
feverish, fevered, hot, burning, burning up, fiery, flushed, sweating, in a cold sweat;
informal with a temperature
rare pyretic
2Characterized by a great deal of nervous excitement or energy: the febrile atmosphere of the city
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /fɪˈbrɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • But this is really just a symptom of the man's emotional febrility.
  • With a certain degree of febrility, she starts up the laptop.
  • There was a discretion to her febrility which was really good.


Mid 17th century: from French fébrile or medieval Latin febrilis, from Latin febris 'fever'.

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