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Amok

(ā`mŏk), in the Bible, post-Exilic Jewish family.

Amok

 

a mental illness observed among the inhabitants of the Malay Archipelago.

The illness manifests itself in a paroxysmal disruption of consciousness, arising suddenly or after a short period of mental disturbance. The afflicted person starts running, senselessly destroying everything in his path. When the attack is over, recollection of what happened is extremely vague or completely absent.

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Eden Strang ran amok naked with a sword at Thornton Heath, South London, in November 1999.
Eden Strang ran amok naked, attacking worshippers with the weapon attending a service at Thornton Heath, South London in November 1999.
These were the sort of women who ran amok after breakfast every morning, exhausting their husband s with desire and geographical quizzing.