delirious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj delirious marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion "a crowd of delirious baseball fans","something frantic in their gaiety","a mad whirl of pleasure"
    • adj delirious experiencing delirium
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Delirious Having a delirium; wandering in mind; light-headed; insane; raving; wild; as, a delirious patient; delirious fancies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • delirious Wandering in mind; having ideas and fancies that are wild, fantastic, or incoherent; light-headed; flighty; raving.
    • delirious Characterized by or proceeding from wild excitement, exaggerated emotion, or rapture: as, delirious joy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Delirious de-lir′i-us wandering in mind: light-headed: insane
    • n Delirious any substance with this quality
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Quotations

  • Julie Burchill
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    “Now the whole dizzying and delirious range of sexual possibilities has been boiled down to that one big, boring, bulimic word. RELATIONSHIP.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Delirium

Usage

In literature:

For some hours before he died, he lay in a semi-delirious state, breathing heavily and seemingly in little or no pain.
"History of the Donner Party" by C.F. McGlashan
He was quite delirious.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I sat by your bedside, when you were delirious.
"The Road to Damascus" by August Strindberg
As for the scene on the bank, it was a hurly-burly of delirious joy.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume V." by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
He heard his father's name, his sister's, and his own, and he knew she was delirious.
"The Lions of the Lord" by Harry Leon Wilson
He has been delirious from the beginning of his illness, and is so still.
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
Storms are the nervous attacks and delirious frenzies of the sea.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
I was delirious with joy, my feet spurned the earth.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
One thing seemed evident to her, and that was that, whether delirious or not, he took her for another person.
"The American Baron" by James De Mille
A delirious twenty minutes followed.
"Lady Connie" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I had to soothe you somehow; you were just about delirious.
"The Great Adventure" by Arnold Bennett
He became by turns delirious and drowsy, and the woman fetched a doctor early the next day.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
They told me you were delirious, and that if your dreadful fever did spare your life, it would destroy your reason.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
The gentleman is in the hospital delirious to-day.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
They found him in his tent delirious and in a high fever.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
If it kept up and he began to get delirious, he might betray his orders for Lawrence's brigade to the enemy.
"Banzai!" by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
He took the fever only a week ago, and was delirious nearly all the time.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
Bridge had not yet reached its delirious stage.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Mr. Watts was delirious before night.
"Work and Win" by Oliver Optic
Those wild bursts of remorse were delirious, he told Lydia, but to his sister he said he wished they were.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
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In poetry:

Oh! Love's the sweetest joy of earth,
Love's keenest pang is bliss,
And, like a wild, delirious bee,
We hang upon a kiss:
"Song" by James Avis Bartley
Will you forget
Spilt fragrances of rose and cigarette,
And those faint odours more delirious yet,
Marked in Time's margin, Stet?
"The Last Room" by Bliss William Carman
Softly sweet with fluttering presage,
Felt she that ethereal sense,
Drinking charms of love delirious,
Reaping bliss of love intense!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
I meet again the thrilling beam,
That caus'd my bosom's peace to die ;
I hear once more those accents stream,
That woke the wild delirious sigh.
"The Death Of Love" by Laura Sophia Temple
Is more, no mask; a flame, a stream.
Flame, stream, are we, in mid career
From torrent source, delirious dream,
To heaven-reflecting currents clear.
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
And caught seductive tokens of a voice
Half maddened with the dim, delirious themes
Of perfect Love, and the immortal choice
Of starry faces—Astral dreams!
"To Henry Halloran" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Nocturnal snapshots and a delirious high.
Delirious for Eddie Murphy.
Giants fans delirious with joy.
Is A's Beane delirious with World Cup fever.
" Delirious Vitality": MN Orch Wows 'Em in London.
Waxing Delirious for the Jonas Brothers.
Like all non-Hamptons happenings this month, last night's screening of Delirious at the Tribeca Grand was pretty low on star power.
Creative Meets Corporate in ' Delirious ' LA.
Lawyers Portray Lindh as Vulnerable and Delirious Prisoner.
Just days after doctors successfully removed a tumor from Bailey Quishenberry's brain, the 14-year-old was spiraling downhill, delirious and writhing in pain from an entirely new menace.
Loud , delirious fun surrounds mas bands as the 45th annual Caribbean parade hits the streets on Saturday.
I got the Delirious burger and asked for medium (which is as rare as they allow) with the usual compliment of Texas condiments plus jalapeños.
I would've loved to have been at the pitch session for the video for "Pasarela," the deliriously catchy second single from reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee's sixth album, "Prestige".
He doesn't remember much from that night at the Bossert Hotel, except that someone kept refilling his glass with champagne, and he could see from the windows that the whole length of Montague Street was clogged with delirious people.
The traditions, oddities, foods, sounds, landmarks and characters that make us deliriously happy to call this place our own.
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