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Today's word: amok
??m?k, ??m?kamok

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amuck, amok, berserk, demoniac, demoniacal, possessed(p)adverb

    frenzied as if possessed by a demon

    "the soldier was completely amuck"; "berserk with grief"; "a berserk worker smashing windows"

  2. amok, amuckadverb

    wildly; without self-control

    "when the restaurant caught fire the patrons ran amuck, blocking the exit"

  3. amok, amuck, murderouslyadverb

    in a murderous frenzy

    "rioters running amuck and throwing sticks and bottles and stones"


  1. amokadverb

    Out of control, especially when armed and dangerous

    Etymology: From amuk, form of mengamuk.

  2. amokadverb

    In a frenzy of violence, or on a killing spree; berserk

    Etymology: From amuk, form of mengamuk.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. amok

    A term signifying slaughter, but denoting the practice of the Malays, when infuriated to madness with bang (a preparation from a species of hemp), of sallying into the streets, or decks, to murder any whom they may chance to meet, until they are either slain or fall from exhaustion.--To run a-muck. To run madly and attack all we meet (Pope, Dryden). As in the case of mad dogs, certain death awaited them, for if not killed in being taken, torture and impalement followed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amok in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amok in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of amok in a Sentence

  1. Former Michigan congressman:

    I don't even care about the human element. There's a system out there running amok.

  2. Bruce Patterson:

    With COVID-19, we have a virus thats running amok in the human population. It originated in a horseshoe bat in China. There are 25 or 30 species of horseshoe bats in China, and no one can determine which one was involved. We owe it to ourselves to learn more about them and their relatives.

  3. Rob Atkinson:

    The Warren campaigns call to breakup big tech companies reflects a big is bad, small is beautiful ideology run amok, the proposal ignores the fact that many of the services big tech companies now provide free used to cost consumers money. Breaking up large Internet companies just because they are large wont help consumers. It will hurt them by reducing convenience, reducing quality of service and innovation, and in some cases leading to the introduction of priced services.

  4. Donald Trump:

    We need somebody strong that can rein it in. Because, as I think you've all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok. They have run amok.

  5. Chuck Nice:

    That's what comedians are talking about when they say college campuses have become places where sensitivity has run amok, there are tons of stories like that.

Images & Illustrations of amok

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