Definition of delirious in English:

delirious

adjective

  • 1In an acutely disturbed state of mind resulting from illness or intoxication and characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech.

    • ‘If left untreated, the patient may be highly agitated, develop insomnia, become delirious or go into a coma.’
    • ‘Sometimes she would have raging temperatures where she would become delirious, speaking nonsense, and not being fully aware of what was going on.’
    • ‘Attention is impaired, and a delirious person is difficult to engage in conversation and easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli.’
    • ‘His vision was dimming as the rock squeezed harder, his mind was almost delirious with the pain.’
    • ‘Vivid hallucinations and delirious illusions may also occur.’
    • ‘Low doses of neuroleptics may be helpful in managing the agitation of a delirious patient temporarily.’
    • ‘On the unit, he was agitated and delirious, undressing himself for several days.’
    • ‘Tell your doctor if you had a seizure or got delirious when you tried to stop drinking before.’
    incoherent, raving, babbling, irrational, hysterical, wild, feverish, frenzied
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    1. 1.1In a state of wild excitement or ecstasy.
      ‘there was a great roar from the delirious crowd’
      • ‘While the penalty prompted singing and cheering from the crowd, the drop kick produced thunderous applause and brought a delirious crowd to their feet.’
      • ‘The crowd went delirious and pointed with glee as the windscreen wiper machines bumped repeatedly into his contorted form and grew all the more confused.’
      • ‘She had lived in the city too long, Emma thought, and open windows and wild, chirping night songs had made her delirious.’
      • ‘He was feeling the most delirious thrill of joy, mixed with an agony of anticipation, and spiked with that most potent spice: fear.’
      • ‘The crowd is delirious then a great hush - who will take it?’
      • ‘The figures ache with yearning yet wear expressions of thrilled surrender and delirious abandon.’
      • ‘It requires delirious, wild optimism to believe madness on every continent will keep us safe indefinitely.’
      • ‘I'm so flattered and pleased and delirious and overjoyed that my work has been received so positively by you all.’
      • ‘Half the crowd erupted into delirious cheering and celebrating; the other half sitting silently in the stands.’
      • ‘When delirious crowds tore down the Berlin Wall in 1989 many hallucinated that a millennium of borderless freedom was at hand.’
      • ‘She had been delirious with excitement about the whole thing, from the moment they had been invited along.’
      • ‘If, as the run continues, the company unleashes the wild rage of the underdog, it might well hit delirious, instead of merely amusing, heights.’
      • ‘Thus, the two sides to Neptune are rapture or despair, delirious happiness versus pain and confusion.’
      • ‘And 180 km after starting we hit the finish line; elated, delirious, lots of emotion and not too much pain thankfully.’
      • ‘Raine covered her ears at the shrill sound, ducking away from the delirious crowd as best as she could.’

Pronunciation:

delirious

/dəˈlirēəs/