One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An acutely disturbed state of mind that occurs in fever, intoxication, and other disorders and is characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech.
derangement, dementia, dementedness, temporary insanity, temporary madnessView synonyms
- ‘Unlike dementia, delirium is a severe but temporary state of mental confusion.’
- ‘The use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, or anticholinesterase inhibitors for insomnia related to delirium or dementia is also unproved.’
- ‘Neurologic consultation can help establish a differential diagnosis in patients with delirium.’
- ‘Some affected people suffer mental disturbances such as delirium, hallucinations, and even psychotic behaviour.’
- ‘Certain signs and symptoms can help physicians distinguish between delirium and a pre-existing psychiatric disorder.’
- ‘Psychotic symptoms can appear as a part of delirium, dementia or any other organic brain syndrome.’
- ‘Schizophrenia is conventionally distinguished from the organic psychoses dementia and delirium by the absence of intellectual compromise.’
- ‘Cognitive impairment, delirium, and dementia are present in some older adult patients.’
- 1.1 Wild excitement or ecstasy.
ecstasy, rapture, transports, wild emotion, passion, wildness, excitement, frenzy, feverishness, feverView synonyms
- ‘I ended up getting a digital keyboard, which was so amazing to me - excitement to the point of delirium.’
- ‘‘The thrill, the mad delirium of being free is beyond description,’ he writes.’
- ‘The smell of incense filled the room and transported me, in my delirium, back to my youth as a Miami altar boy.’
- ‘There's a floodlit stage and electronic band of ‘gruperos’ in transports of salsa-invoked delirium.’
- ‘Not only did the win send the home fans into state of rapturous delirium, but the achievement relieved the team's coach, who had looked tense during the final.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin, from delirare ‘deviate, be deranged’ (literally ‘deviate from the furrow’), from de- ‘away’ + lira ‘ridge between furrows’.
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