(among members of certain Southeast Asian cultures) a psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder.
run / go amok. (def 3).
They had her give the weather update, and even let her mangle the word “amok.”
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Much has been written concerning the acts of homicidal mania called amuck (amok), which word in the vernacular means to attack.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 4 Various
These unfortunates were sometimes attacked by the amok frenzy.
Philippine Progress Prior to 1898 Various
Adī pay, amok di anap, ut amui kayo ūnda agou un Boan tan daeda dimangamo si anap.
Kankanay Ceremonies C. R. Moss
It is as well that the amok has no weapons other than his knife.
Sjambak John Holbrook Vance
Such is the “amok” of the Malays—a sort of furious and imitative madness perhaps provoked at the same time by suggestion.
The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
Placido was by this time under the influence of the amok, as the Malayists say.
The Reign of Greed Jose Rizal
What if that man should take umbrage at some fancied slight to his honour or disregard of his affections and suddenly “amok”?
Almayer’s Folly Joseph Conrad
Alive, yet dead, he lay there, much as the amok Malay of fifty years before had lain upon the deck of the Silver Fleece.
Cursed George Allan England
a state of murderous frenzy, originally observed among Malays
run amok, to run about with or as if with a frenzied desire to kill
in verbal phrase run amok first recorded 1670s, from Malay amuk “attacking furiously.” Earlier the word was used as a noun or adjective meaning “a frenzied Malay,” originally in the Portuguese form amouco or amuco.
There are some of them [the Javanese] who … go out into the streets, and kill as many persons as they meet. … These are called Amuco. [“The Book of Duarte Barbosa: An Account of the Countries Bordering on the Indian Ocean and Their Inhabitants,” c.1516, English translation]
(among members of certain Southeast Asian cultures) a psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder. . run / go amok. (def 3). noun a state of murderous frenzy, originally observed among Malays adverb run amok, to run about with or as if with a frenzied desire to kill adv. in […]
noun (pl) amokura a white pelagian bird, Paethon rubricauda, of tropical latitudes in the Indian and Pacific oceans, with a red beak and long red tail feathers
the root of any of several plants, as Mexican species of agaves, used as a substitute for soap. any such plant itself. Historical Examples I’ve got the deer-brush spotted, and we’ll pass an amole before we go very far. Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter The “soap-plant” (amole) is one which appears to be among the […]
. a primeval deity worshiped especially at Thebes, the personification of air or breath represented as either a ram or a goose (later identified with Amen-Ra). Contemporary Examples Amon those applauding Katrina’s performance was a camera-wielding topless woman with a mustache drawn on her face in biro. Kate and Pippa Middleton’s Cousin Dances Naked With […]