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From Middle English frensy, frenesie, from Old French frenesie, from Latin phrenesis, from Ancient Greek *φρένησις (*phrénēsis), a later equivalent of φρενῖτις (phrenîtis, “inflammation of the brain”): see frantic and frenetic.
- A state of wild activity or panic.
- She went into a cleaning frenzy to prepare for the unexpected guests.
- 1999, Linda Flavell, Roger Flavell, “1066[:] The Normans Begin to Erect Castles”, in dictionary of english down through the ages[:] words & phrases born out of historical events great & small, 2005 edition, London: Kyle Cathie Limited, →ISBN, page 17:
- The early years of Norman occupation saw a frenzy of castle building.
- A violent agitation of the mind approaching madness; rage.
- c. 1595–1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene i]:
- The poet's eye in a fine frenzy rolling.
state of wild activity or panic
- (obsolete) Mad; frantic.
- 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress:
- They thought that some frenzy distemper had got into his head.
- (uncommon) To render frantic.
- (rare) To exhibit a frenzy, such as a feeding frenzy.