amok

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a·mok

 (ə-mŭk′, ə-mŏk′) also a·muck (ə-mŭk′)
adv.
1. In a frenzy to do violence or kill: rioters running amok in the streets.
2. In or into a jumbled or confused state: The plans went amok.
3. In or into an uncontrolled state or a state of extreme activity: "This jam-packed area of Honolulu has come to stand for tourist development run amok" (Ila Stanger).
adj.
Crazed with murderous frenzy: amok troops.

[Early Modern English amuck, from Malay amok, furious attack, amok, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *hamuk, attack.]

amok

(əˈmʌk; əˈmɒk) or

amuck

n
a state of murderous frenzy, originally observed among Malays
adv
run amok to run about with or as if with a frenzied desire to kill
[C17: from Malay amoq furious assault]

a•mok

(əˈmʌk, əˈmɒk)

n.
1. Also, amuck. (in SE Asian cultures) a psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder.
adj., adv.
2. amuck.
[1865–70; < Malay amuk]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.amok - frenzied as if possessed by a demonamok - frenzied as if possessed by a demon; "the soldier was completely amuck"; "berserk with grief"; "a berserk worker smashing windows"
insane - afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement; "was declared insane"; "insane laughter"
Adv.1.amok - wildlyamok - wildly; without self-control; "when the restaurant caught fire the patrons ran amuck, blocking the exit"
2.amok - in a murderous frenzyamok - in a murderous frenzy; "rioters running amuck and throwing sticks and bottles and stones"

amok

amuck adverb
run amok go mad, go wild, turn violent, go berserk, lose control, go insane, go into a frenzy He was arrested after running amok with a car in the city centre.

amuck

also amok
adjective
Out of control:
Idioms: out of hand, running wild.
Translations
يَنْدَفِع وَيَقْتُل مَن يُصَادِفَه
amokbýt stižen amokem
gå amok
tryllast, ganga berserksgang
eiti iš protoišeiti iš protopasiusti
ārprātīgās dusmāsskriet amoka skrējienā
amok

amok

[əˈmɒk] ADV to run amokenloquecerse, desbocarse

amok

[əˈmɒk əˈmʌk] adv
to run amok → être pris(e) d'un accès de folie furieuse, perdre tout contrôle de soi-même

amok

(əˈmok) amuck (əˈmak) noun
run amok / amuck to rush about madly, attacking everybody and everything: The prisoner ran amok and killed two prison officers.
References in classic literature ?
He had the strength of several men, and he ran amuck with it.
She had been told that, rough and brutal as they seemed just then, they were not like this all the year round, but were, in fact, quite civil persons save during certain weeks of autumn and winter, when, like the inhabitants of the Malay Peninsula, they ran amuck, and made it their purpose to destroy life--in this case harmless feathered creatures, brought into being by artificial means solely to gratify these propensities--at once so unmannerly and so unchivalrous towards their weaker fellows in Nature's teeming family.
One night at a resort called Cedar Point, he got into a fight and ran amuck like a wild thing.