delirium


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de·lir·i·um

 (dĭ-lîr′ē-əm)
n. pl. de·lir·i·ums or de·lir·i·a (-ē-ə)
1. A temporary state of mental confusion and fluctuating consciousness resulting from high fever, intoxication, shock, or other causes. It is characterized by anxiety, disorientation, hallucinations, delusions, and incoherent speech.
2. A state of uncontrolled excitement or emotion: sports fans in delirium after their team's victory.

[Latin dēlīrium, from dēlīrāre, to be deranged : dē-, de- + līra, furrow; see leis- in Indo-European roots.]

de·lir′i·ant adj.

delirium

(dɪˈlɪrɪəm)
n, pl -liriums or -liria (-ˈlɪrɪə)
1. (Pathology) a state of excitement and mental confusion, often accompanied by hallucinations, caused by high fever, poisoning, brain injury, etc
2. violent excitement or emotion; frenzy
[C16: from Latin: madness, from dēlīrāre, literally: to swerve from a furrow, hence be crazy, from de- + līra ridge, furrow]
deˈliriant adj

de•lir•i•um

(dɪˈlɪər i əm)

n., pl. -lir•i•ums, -lir•i•a (-ˈlɪər i ə)
1. a temporary disturbance of consciousness characterized by restlessness, excitement, and delusions or hallucinations.
2. a state of violent excitement or emotion.
[1590–1600; < Latin dēlīrium=dēlīr(āre) to be out of one's mind, literally, go out of the furrow]

delirium

a state of maniacal excitement characterized by restless behavior, confused speech, and sometimes hallucinations.
See also: Insanity

Delirium

 of debutantes: an excited company of girls who are coming out into Society—Lipton, 1970.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.delirium - state of violent mental agitationdelirium - state of violent mental agitation  
nympholepsy - a frenzy of emotion; as for something unattainable
manic disorder, mania - a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently
epidemic hysertia, mass hysteria - a condition in which a large group of people exhibit the same state of violent mental agitation
2.delirium - a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
folie, mental disorder, mental disturbance, psychological disorder, disturbance - (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness

delirium

noun
1. madness, raving, insanity, lunacy, derangement In her delirium, she fell to the floor.
2. frenzy, passion, rage, fever, fury, ecstasy, hysteria She was in a delirium of panic.
Translations
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delirium

[dɪˈlɪrɪəm]
A. N (delirium or deliria (pl)) [dɪˈlɪrɪə] (Med, fig) → delirio m
B. CPD delirium tremens Ndelírium m tremens

delirium

[dɪˈlɪriəm] n (= feverish state) → délire m

delirium

n (Med) → Delirium nt; (fig)Taumel m

delirium

[dɪˈlɪrɪəm] n (Med) → delirio
delirium tremens → delirium m inv tremens inv

de·lir·i·um

n. delirium, estado de confusión mental acompañado gen. de alucinaciones y sensaciones distorsionadas;
___ tremens___ tremens, tipo de psicosis alcohólica.

delirium

n delirio (frec. pl); — tremens delirium tremens m, delirios con temblor y alucinaciones (debidos a la suspensión del alcohol)
References in classic literature ?
The fever pursued the ordinary course, and was characterized by the usual intervals of delirium and exhaustion succeeding each other.
I was a sick child, and, despite the terrible strain on my heart and tissues, I continually relapsed into the madness of delirium.
First she fancied she saw her stepmother threatening her, then Morrel stretched his arms towards her; sometimes mere strangers, like the Count of Monte Cristo came to visit her; even the very furniture, in these moments of delirium, seemed to move, and this state lasted till about three o'clock in the morning, when a deep, heavy slumber overcame the young girl, from which she did not awake till daylight.
And his attention was suddenly carried into another world, a world of reality and delirium in which something particular was happening.
The rheumatic fever (aggravated by the situation of this house--built on clay, you know, and close to stagnant water) has been latterly complicated by delirium.
It is true that I heard the dying Indian's words; but if those words were pronounced to be the ravings of delirium, how could I contradict the assertion from my own knowledge?
I was taken to the Putnam House, where for days I lay in a delirium.
She was moved by a kind of commiseration for Madame Ratignolle,--a pity for that colorless existence which never uplifted its possessor beyond the region of blind contentment, in which no moment of anguish ever visited her soul, in which she would never have the taste of life's delirium.
Then such a delirium of silly laughter overtook him that he reeled about like a drunken man, and presently fetched up against one of our wires.
In fact, although, throughout your illness and delirium, I scarcely left your side for a moment, I cannot think how I contrived to do the many things that I did.
The fever caused by the wound had brought with it delirium, as usual.
The unflinching earnestness with which he declared these things; --the dark, daring play of his sleepless, excited imagination, and all the preternatural terrors of real delirium, united to invest this Gabriel in the minds of the majority of the ignorant crew, with an atmosphere of sacredness.