one of the ancient Norse warriors legendary for working themselves into a frenzy before a battle and fighting with reckless savagery and insane fury
amuck, amok, berserk, demoniac, demoniacal, possessed(p)(adj)
frenzied as if possessed by a demon
"the soldier was completely amuck"; "berserk with grief"; "a berserk worker smashing windows"
A crazed Norse warrior who fought in a frenzy.
Injuriously, maniacally, or furiously violent or out of control.
Origin: berserkr (Icelandic berserkur), probably from bjǫrn + serkr, compare sark.
alt. of Berserker
Berserk is a manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired fantasy world, the story centers around the characters of Guts, an orphaned mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the Band of the Hawk. Themes of isolation, camaraderie, and the question of whether humanity is fundamentally good or evil pervade the story, as it explores both the best and worst of human nature. Both the manga and anime are noted for their heavy violence. Miura premiered a prototype of Berserk in 1988. The first volume of the manga was published on November 26, 1990 by Hakusensha in its Jets Comics collection. In 1992, after the publication of three more volumes, Berserk was serialized in Young Animal. The series was adapted into a twenty-five episode anime series covering the series' first story arc by Oriental Light and Magic from October 7, 1997 to March 31, 1998. A series of films were released, beginning with Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King on February 4, 2012, as part of an effort to adapt the entire manga series.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
-er, bėr′serk, -ėr, n. a Norse warrior whom the sight of the field of battle would fill with a frenzied and resistless fury—'the berserker rage.' [Ice. berserkr; Vigfusson explains the word as 'bear-sark,' and most probably a reference to the uncanny Werewolf superstition is involved.]
The numerical value of berserk in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of berserk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It aired and the public went berserk when they killed off the bionic woman, they wrote in. Mothers were saying how terrible it was that they created the female counterpart only to kill her off. Even a couple of children’s hospitals wrote in… So the second two-parter came about… so the kids can know she’s OK. And that was the end of that. Well, the response was so huge from the audience to have this character that they ended up making a series out of it… It was really public demand and I’m still thankful to those viewers for my career.
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- bersærk, amokDanish
- Berserker, rasend, wütend, ausgeflippt, durchgedrehtGerman
- έξω φρενώνGreek
- fuera de control, enloquecidoSpanish
- raivopäinen, berserkki, sekopäinen, hullu, sekaisinFinnish
- fou furieuxFrench
- folle, furioso, freneticoItalian
- バーサーカー, ベルセルク, 凶暴Japanese
- berserker, doorgedraaidDutch
- fora de controlePortuguese
- берсеркер, яростный, исступлённый, берсерк, бешеный, неистовый, березаркRussian
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