Frantic: adj. sensing very intense urgent upsetting emotion(s) and the corresponding behavior(s)
It was a frantic attempt at saving his life signifies an emotionally upsetting event with very intense urgency. We usually don’t say frantic joy or happiness but can say frenzied joy or happiness since the emotion is pleasurable and not unpleasurable the way that upsetting emotions are. You can get frantic when experiencing very intense unpleasant emotions and there is a sense of urgency.
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