berserker

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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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Among them was Tehotatu from Sweden, who was using a traditional 'handpoke' tattoo method, which does not involve machines, to create Norseinspired art on customer Grim Ulfhednar, a name for Viking warriors.
Among them was Tehotatu from Sweden who was using a traditional 'handpoke' tattoo method, which does not involve machines, to create a Norse-inspired art on customer Grim Ulfhednar, a name for Viking warriors.
the tincta corpora of the Harii), the disguises to which the name berserkir and its parallel ulfhednar ('men with wolf's skin') seem to allude, serve only to aid, to affirm this metamorphosis, to impress it upon friends and frightened enemies.(17)