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2. frenetic => frantic.
- frantic:  Frantic comes via Old French frenetique and Latin phreneticus from late Greek phrenētikús, a derivative of phrenítis ‘delirium’. This in turn was based on Greek phrén ‘mind’ (source also of English phrenology ‘study of cranial bumps to determine intelligence, character, etc’ ). The Old French form split into two virtually distinct words once English got hold of it: in one, the French three-syllable form was preserved, and even partially remodelled on its Latin ancestor, to give what has become modern English phrenetic, while in the other it was reduced to frentik which, for reasons that have never been satisfactorily explained, subsequently became frantic.
The related noun frenzy  retains the original vowel.
=> frenzy, phrenology
- frantic (adj.)
- mid-14c., "insane," unexplained variant of Middle English frentik (see frenetic). Compare franzy, dialectal form of frenzy. Transferred meaning "affected by wild excitement" is from late 15c. Of the adverbial forms, frantically (1749) is later than franticly (1540s).
- 1. A busy night in the restaurant can be frantic in the kitchen.
- 2. She watched the frantic flow of cars and buses along the street.
- 3. The vast crowds make Rome a frantic hothouse at times.
- 4. I've had a frantic rush to get my work done.
- 5. He beat a frantic tattoo with his hands on the door.
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