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ber·serk·er

 (bər-sûr′kər, -zûr′-)
n.
One of a band of ancient Norse warriors legendary for their savagery and reckless frenzy in battle.

[Old Norse berserkr : perhaps ber-, bear (akin to björn, bear, and bera, she-bear, from the bear-skins perhaps worn by the warriors ; see bher- in Indo-European roots) or berr, bare (from the fact that ancient European warriors often fought nude ; see bhoso- in Indo-European roots) + serkr, shirt.]
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Noun1.berserker - one of the ancient Norse warriors legendary for working themselves into a frenzy before a battle and fighting with reckless savagery and insane fury
Norse, Northman, Scandinavian - an inhabitant of Scandinavia
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A companion organization to the Valkyries was the Berserkers.
Berserkers ravaged all the coasts of western Europe and lay drunk in
Here, in the whirlpool of European races, the Ugric tribe bore down from Iceland the fighting spirit which Thor and Wodin game them, which their Berserkers displayed to such fell intent on the seaboards of Europe, aye, and of Asia and Africa too, till the peoples thought that the werewolves themselves had come.
He was still the old Roman in inflexibility of purpose; but grafted on to the Roman was a new Berserker fury.
He had Berserker rages and did mad, terrible things.
John Harned was now in what-you-call Berserker rage--no?
He was fighting for me, and he was in a true Berserker rage.
Meanwhile, this opener featured a pub called The Cordwangler's Arms (viewers of a certain age will have recalled the line "Joe, he was a young cordwangler" from the Kenneth Williams ditty The Ballad of the Woggler's Moulie) and the despicable activities of a despicable dining club - not the Bullingdon, but the Berserkers.
In this context, the remains of bear skins were linked to berserkers (etymologically ber, bear and serker, skin or clothe (1)), i.
The most infamous and provocative of Viking combatants were the Berserkers.
They raised me--no easy task--after my dad died, and when Helena and the kids came along they folded 'em into the wolfpack, standing overwatch like Viking berserkers while I was off playing Action Hero; gentle as sheepdogs with them, but deadly as demented dragons to anyone threatening their litter.
They could have done with a midfield enforcer to help Francis Coquelin deal with Toon's physical approach, particularly in the first half when the hosts threw themselves into tackles like Viking berserkers.