beside oneself

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly derived from Ancient Greek παράνοια ‎(paránoia, madness), from παράνοος ‎(paránoos, demented), from παρά ‎(pará, beyond, beside) + νόος ‎(nóos, mind, spirit), with "beside mind" evolving into "beside oneself".

Adjective[edit]

beside oneself

  1. (idiomatic) Overcome; consumed by an emotion.
    His widow was beside herself with grief.

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