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Definition of "delirium" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • A state of uncontrolled excitement or emotion: sports fans in delirium after their team's victory. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "delirium" in a sentence
  • ""This is what they call delirium, I guess" he muttered."
  • ""This is what they call delirium, I guess," he muttered."
  • "It was just as real to me as is the snake beheld by a man in delirium tremens."