Delirium


Delirium
Delirium De*lir"i*um (d[-e]*l[i^]r"[i^]*[u^]m), n. [L., fr. delirare to rave, to wander in mind, prop., to go out of the furrow in plowing; de- + lira furrow, track; perh. akin to G. geleise track, rut, and E. last to endure.] 1. (Med.) A state in which the thoughts, expressions, and actions are wild, irregular, and incoherent; mental aberration; a roving or wandering of the mind, -- usually dependent on a fever or some other disease, and so distinguished from {mania}, or madness. [1913 Webster]

2. Strong excitement; wild enthusiasm; madness. [1913 Webster]

The popular delirium [of the French Revolution] at first caught his enthusiastic mind. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

The delirium of the preceding session (of Parliament). --Morley. [1913 Webster]

{Delirium tremens}. [L., trembling delirium] (Med.), a violent delirium induced by the excessive and prolonged use of intoxicating liquors.

{Traumatic delirium} (Med.), a variety of delirium following injury.

Syn: Insanity; frenzy; madness; derangement; aberration; mania; lunacy; fury. See {Insanity}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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