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amok

Pronunciation: ă-mok′

Definition:

  1. A culture-bound mental disorder originally observed in Malaysia in which the subject becomes dangerously maniacal (“running amok”).
  2. Colloquialism denoting maniacal, wild, or uncontrolled behavior threatening injury to others.

Synonym(s): amuck

[Mayal, amoq, engaged in battle]

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