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.
With regard to gender, 80 percent of individuals diagnosed with IED in the United States are adolescent and adult males; amok is a syndrome that almost always involves males.
The children were running amok when their teacher stepped away from the classroom.
Police officers from the neighboring city were called in to restore order after rioters ran amok in the streets.
The fans were described as running amok because they stopped traffic throughout the downtown area after their team won.
She does not let the kids have sugar after dinner because they would run amok at bedtime.
Whe the robot started going amok and could not be controlled, the engineers realized they had made a terrible mistake in the programming.
It was formerly believed that these violent outbursts were to be attributed to madness pure and simple, and some cases of amok can certainly be traced to this source.
It's been said, where a man of another race might not improbably commit suicide, a Malay runs amok, killing all whom he may meet until he himself is slain.
The typical amok of mass assault is usually the result of circumstances which render a Malay desperate.