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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 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.
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.
The Speaker's berserker style not only leaves the President playing catchup (without risking looking disloyal; the President can propose a revolutionary government, with its accompanying risk for politicians like the Speaker, all he likes; the Speaker simply chugs along until he can regain the limelight once the President's latest trial balloon pops, and the Speaker can tell the President and his other people, see, that won't work, lemme at 'em
That is the response of a poker-player, not the berserker he often pretends to be.
There's a really pivotal thing that happens in the comics and after that, he really goes to this dark place and becomes sort of this kind of berserker mode warrior and that's what I want for him," he said.
25pm C4 He perfected his action man skills in Conan the Barbarian and as Dothraki berserker Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.