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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AMOK

These unfortunates were sometimes attacked by the amok frenzy.

It is as well that the amok has no weapons other than his knife.

Placido was by this time under the influence of the amok, as the Malayists say.

What if that man should take umbrage at some fancied slight to his honour or disregard of his affections and suddenly “amok”?

Much has been written concerning the acts of homicidal mania called amuck (amok), which word in the vernacular means to attack.

Such is the “Amok” of the Malays—a sort of furious and imitative madness perhaps provoked at the same time by suggestion.

Alive, yet dead, he lay there, much as the amok Malay of fifty years before had lain upon the deck of the Silver Fleece.

Adī pay, amok di anap, ut amui kayo ūnda agou un Boan tan daeda dimangamo si anap.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

Cf. amuck.

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