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 (bər-sûr′kər, -zûr′-)
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
References in classic literature ?
He was still the old Roman in inflexibility of purpose; but grafted on to the Roman was a new Berserker fury.
He was fighting for me, and he was in a true Berserker rage.
He had Berserker rages and did mad, terrible things.
John Harned was now in what-you-call Berserker rage--no?
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.
Berserkers ravaged all the coasts of western Europe and lay drunk in
A companion organization to the Valkyries was the Berserkers.
When the mild-mannered doctor becomes enraged, he turns into a muscle-bound berserker with special powers who fights dangerous creatures.
Do you drive it like a berserker and get a headline economy figure that's a million miles from the manufacturers claims, do you soft-pedal it around in order to try to replicate the official consumption figures or do you just ignore the fact that it's an eco car and use it exactly as you would your normal daily driver?
With 120PS on tap and a respectable 250Nm of torque available from just 1,750rpm, the Passat doesn't need to be driven like a berserker to impress.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is an increasingly volatile leader flitting between berserker wild man, cold killer and former lawman clinging on to reason by his fingernails.