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From Middle English, 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.


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frenzy (countable and uncountable, plural frenzies)

  1. A state of wild activity or panic.
    She went into a cleaning frenzy to prepare for the unexpected guests.
  2. A violent agitation of the mind approaching madness; rage.
    • Addison
      All else is towering frenzy and distraction.
    • William Shakespeare, A midsummer Night's Dream, Act 5, scene 1:
      The poet's eye in a fine frenzy rolling.

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frenzy (comparative more frenzy, superlative most frenzy)

  1. (obsolete) Mad; frantic.
    • 1678 John Bunyan The Pilgrim's Progress:
      They thought that some frenzy distemper had got into his head.


frenzy (third-person singular simple present frenzies, present participle frenzying, simple past and past participle frenzied)

  1. (uncommon) To render frantic.
    • 1833, James Anthony Froude, Fraser's Magazine - Volume 7[1], page 456:
      Both goaded on to strife by frenzying hate.
    • 1865, Gerrit Smith, Speeches and Letters of Gerrit Smith[2], page 14:
      Then there is the absorbing, not to say frenzying, interest, which attends our important elections.
  2. (rare) To exhibit a frenzy, such as a feeding frenzy.
    • 2009, Louise Southerden, Surf's Up: The Girl's Guide to Surfing[3], →ISBN:
      The fresh smell of salt air, the sound of the crashing swell, the soothing immersion in the water, the sight of dolphins playing and fish frenzying beneath my board.

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