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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section I. Affections in General
Section IV. Possessive Relations

825. [Excess of Sensitiveness.] Excitability.

   NOUN:EXCITABILITY, impetuosity, vehemence; boisterousness &c. adj.; turbulence; impatience, intolerance, non-endurance; irritability (irascibility) [See Irascibility]; itching (desire) [See Desire]; wincing; disquiet, disquietude; restlessness; fidgets, fidgetiness; agitation &c. (irregular motion) [See Agitation].
  TREPIDATION, perturbation, ruffle, hurry, fuss, flurry, fluster, flutter; pother, stew [colloq.], ferment; whirl; buck fever [colloq.]; stage fright; hurry-scurry or hurry-skurry; thrill (feeling) [See Feeling]; state -, fever- of excitement; transport.
  PASSION, excitement, flush, heat; fever, fever-heat; fire, flame, fume, blood boiling; tumult; effervescence, ebullition; boiling, – over; whiff, gust, storm, tempest; scene, breaking out, burst, fit, paroxysm, explosion, out-break, outburst; agony.
  FURY; violence [See Violence]; fierceness &c. adj.; rage, furor, furore [It.], desperation, madness, distraction, raving, delirium; frenzy or phrensy, hysterics; intoxication; tearing -, raging- passion; towering rage; anger [See Resentment].
  FIXED IDEA, l’idée fixe [F.], monomania; fascination, infatuation, fanaticism; Quixotism, Quixotry; tête montée [F.].
   VERB:BE IMPATIENT &c. adj.; not be able to bear [See Inexcitability]; bear ill, wince, chafe, champ the bit; be in a stew [colloq.] &c. n.; be out of all patience, fidget, fuss, not have a wink of sleep; toss, – on one’s pillow.
  FUME, rage, foam; lose one’s temper [See Resentment]; break out, burst out, fly out; go -, fly- -off, – off at a tangent; explode; flare up, flame up, fire up, burst into a flame, take fire, fire, burn; stew [colloq.]; boil, – over; rave, rant, tear; go -, run- -wild, – mad; go into hysterics; run riot, run amuck; battre la campagne [F.], faire le diable à quatre [F.]; play the deuce [slang]; raise -Cain, – the mischief, – the devil [all slang].
   ADJECTIVE:EXCITABLE, easily excited, in an excitable state; startlish, mettlesome, high-mettled, skittish; high-strung; irritable (irascible) [See Irascibility]; impatient, intolerant; moody, maggoty-headed.
  FEVERISH, febrile, hysterical; delirious, mad.
  UNQUIET, mercurial, electric, galvanic, hasty, hurried, restless, fidgety, fussy; chafing &c. v.
  VEHEMENT, demonstrative, violent, wild, furious, fierce, fiery, hot-headed, madcap.
  OVERZEALOUS, enthusiastic, impassioned, fanatical; rabid (eager) [See Desire].
  RAMPANT, clamorous, uproarious, turbulent, tempestuous, tumultuary, boisterous.
  IMPULSIVE, impetuous, passionate, uncontrolled, uncontrollable, ungovernable, irrepressible, stanchless or staunchless, inextinguishable, burning, simmering, volcanic, ready to burst forth.
  excited, exciting [See Excitation].
   ADVERB:in confusion, pell-mell; in trepidation &c. n.
   INTERJECTION:pish! pshaw! horrors!    QUOTATIONS:
  1. Noli me tangere.
  2. Filled with fury, rapt, inspir’d.—Collins
  3. Maggiore fretta minore atto.
  4. For joy he was as a song.—Dunsany
  5. On with the dance! let joy be unconfined.—Byron
  6. Whispering with white lips, “The foe! They come! They come!”—Byron
  7. Quiet to quick bosoms is a hell.—Byron
  8. All is not bold that titters.—Cynic’s Calendar