delirium[di lir′ē əm]
- Delirium is defined as a feeling of extreme uncontrolled excitement, or a feeling of confusion and paranoia.
- An example of delirium is the emotion of fans when their team has won for the season.
- An example of delirium is the feeling or mental state brought on by a very high fever.
nounpl. deliriums or deliria
- a temporary state of extreme mental excitement, marked by restlessness, confused speech, and hallucinations: it sometimes occurs during a fever or in some forms of insanity
- uncontrollably wild excitement or emotion: a delirium of joy
Origin of deliriumClassical Latin madness ; from delirare, to rave, literally , to turn the furrow awry in plowing ; from de-, from + lira, a line, furrow: see list
nounpl. de·lir·i·ums or de·lir·i·a
- 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.
- A state of uncontrolled excitement or emotion: sports fans in delirium after their team's victory.
Origin of deliriumLatin dēlīrium, from dēlīrāre, to be deranged : dē-, de- + līra, furrow; see leis-1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural deliriums or deliria)
From the Latin dēlīrium (“derangement”, “madness”), from dēlīrō (“I am deranged”).