Amok vs. Amuck - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Amok (adverb)

    Out of control, especially when armed and dangerous.

  • Amok (adverb)

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

  • Amok (noun)

    One who runs amok; in Malay and Moro/Philippine culture, one who attempts to kill many others, especially expecting that they will be killed themselves.

  • Amuck (adverb)

    In a frantic or frenzied and violent manner; in a confused, jumbled or uncontrolled state.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Amok (adverb)

    behave uncontrollably and disruptively

    "stone-throwing anarchists were running amok"

Webster Dictionary

  • Amuck (adjective)

    In a frenzied and reckless manner.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Amok (adjective)

    in a murderous frenzy as if possessed by a demon;

    "the soldier was completely amuck"

    "berserk with grief"

    "a berserk worker smashing windows"

  • Amok (adverb)

    wildly; without self-control;

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

  • Amok (adverb)

    in a murderous frenzy;

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

  • Amuck (adjective)

    in a murderous frenzy as if possessed by a demon;

    "the soldier was completely amuck"

    "berserk with grief"

    "a berserk worker smashing windows"

  • Amuck (adverb)

    wildly; without self-control;

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

  • Amuck (adverb)

    in a murderous frenzy;

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

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