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amok (uh-MUK) adverb

1. In a murderous frenzy.

2. In a confused manner.


Wild with murderous frenzy.

[From Malay amok.]

"With Lorna Joyce and Niamh Fahy running amok and Helena Lohan often stranded in no-man's-land with no-one to mark ..." Hanging In; The Mayo News (Mayo Ireland); Sep 16, 2003.

"Saucer-eyed heroines and samurai-fighting teens will run amok in Times Square this weekend." Joe Neumaier; Daily News (New York); Anime Fest is a Big Draw; Aug 29, 2003.

This week's theme: words originating in Southeast Asian countries.


Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war. -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)

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