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Home » Run Amok vs. English has never been the most orderly of languages. It borrows words from a wide range of sources, and integrating them into a cohesive language is no small task.


Run amok vs. run amuck: what’s the difference?

Amok first entered English in the mids as a noun meaning "murderous frenzy. Typically, the afflicted person usually a Malay man attacked bystanders in a frenzy, killing everyone in sight until he collapsed or was himself killed. By the 17th century English speakers had adopted both the noun and adverb forms of amok, as well as the phrase run amok, a translation of the Malay verb mengamok.

The psychopathological behavior the noun amok refers to is now recognized to occur worldwide in numerous countries and cultures.

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As for the adverb, time has mitigated its violent nature; nowadays it usually describes the actions of the unruly and not the murderous. These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'amok. Send us feedback.

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Definition of amok Entry 3 of 3. Synonyms Did you know? Example Sentences Learn More About amok. Keep scrolling for more. Synonyms for amok Synonyms: Adverb berserkberserklyfranticallyfreneticallyfrenziedlyharum-scarumhecticallyhelter-skeltermadlypell-mellwildwildly Visit the Thesaurus for More.

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Did you know? Adverb Amok first entered English in the mids as a noun meaning "murderous frenzy. Examples of amok in a Sentence Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This may be due to an immune-inflammatory response gone amokor perhaps to ongoing viral activity.

First Known Use of amok Nounin the meaning defined above Adverbin the meaning defined at sense 2 Adjectivein the meaning defined above. History and Etymology for amok Noun borrowed from Malay amok Adverb derivative of amok entry 1 Adjective derivative of amok entry 1. Learn More About amok. Listen to Our Podcast About amok.

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Or do those badly brought up children run amuck?


Also, run riot or wild.


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