Definition of delirium noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪriəm//
, also BrE//ˈlɪəriəm//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪriəm//
[uncountable] Mental and emotional problems
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a mental state where somebody becomes delirious, usually because of illness fits of delirium He mumbled in delirium all night. See related entries: Mental and emotional problems Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin, from delirare ‘deviate, be deranged’ (literally ‘deviate from the furrow’), from de- ‘away’ + lira ‘ridge between furrows’.
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