One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Frenzied or delirious behaviour.
insanity, insaneness, dementia, mental illness, derangement, dementedness, instability, unsoundness of mind, lunacy, distraction, depression, mania, hysteria, frenzy, psychosis, psychopathy, schizophrenia, hydrophobiaView synonyms
- ‘Two pages of it will produce a mild deliration.’
- ‘It would have been repressed by ridicule as a deliration of the human mind.’
- ‘She was not frantic; but had such a pretty deliration, that in her ravings there was oftentimes more attractiveness than in many sane persons' conversation.’
- ‘Their immense and sandy diffuseness is like the prairie, or the desert, and their incongruities are like the last deliration.’
- ‘The graceful levity of the nation could not easily err in this direction, nor tolerate such deliration in the greatest of men.’
Early 17th century: from Latin deliratio(n-), from delirat- past participial stem of delirare ‘deviate, be deranged’ (see delirium) + -ation.
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