As the English phrase "running amok" implies, the syndrome is characterized by sudden outbursts of indiscriminate aggression or murderous rage that are completely unprovoked or that are triggered by trivial slights.
The British Government undertook in addition to afford their good offices to the Sheikh in the event of unprovoked aggression by land.
Peace then prevailed till Carcalla's unprovoked attack on Parthia in 216, after he had reduced Osroene to a province.
He grew still more irritable, and it was Princess Mary who generally bore the brunt of his frequent fits of unprovoked anger.
In 1550 he met Sepulveda in public debate on the theses drawn from the recently published Apologia pro libro de justis belli causis, in which the latter had maintained the lawfulness of waging unprovoked war upon the natives of the New World.
Californians had been very friendly to Americans, but Larkin's intimates thought they had been tricked, and the people resented the stealthy and unprovoked breaking of peace, and unfortunately the Americans did not known how to treat them except inconsiderately and somewhat contemptuously.
An unprovoked attack from the boy next above him led to a fight, in which Newton's pluck gave him the victory.
In return for this unprovoked invasion of Elamite territory the Elamites descended upon Babylonia, carried away Assur-nadinsum (694 B.C.) and made Nergal-yusezib king.
At the durbar on the 22nd of July 1880, Abdur Rahman was officially recognized as amir, granted assistance in arms and money, and promised, in case of unprovoked foreign aggression, such further aid as might be necessary to repel it, provided that he followed British advice in regard to his external relations.
England was to provide troops or a subsidy in the event of unprovoked invasion, while Persia was to attack the Afghans should they invade India.