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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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. These men placed no value whatever upon their own lives, and it was they who totally destroyed the great Mercenary city of Bellona along with its population of over a hundred thousand souls.
From the time when the Berserkers ravaged all the coasts of western Europe and lay drunk in every conquered port it has been the same way: everywhere the nations that drink too much are observed to fight rather well and not too righteously.
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.
Bullet to the Head 9pm Film4 Before perfecting his action-man skills in Conan, and as Dothraki berserker Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, Jason Momoa played a ponytailed bad-ass who incurs the wrath of Sly Stallone's hitman in this violent crime flick.
They are building an elite consensus, a critical mass of world "thought leaders," and it would not do to stir up "berserker nativism" against their globalist plans before they are ready to spring it on the world as a fait accompli and present it as a universally approved agenda that is futile to oppose.
Equipped with this berserker, the F-150 can launch itself to 60 mph in 5 seconds.
Before the dawning of Ragnarok, the Fimbulwinter will freeze the earth.These chilly circumstances are only the starting point for Norse-inspired Fimbul's hack'n slash action while your ultimate goal as the berserker Kveldulver is to prevent the end of the world.
Before the dawning of Ragnarok, the Fimbulwinter will freeze the earth.These chilly circumstances are only the starting point for Norse-inspired Fimbul's hack'n slash action, while your ultimate goal as the berserker Kveldulver is to prevent the end of the world.