lunatic

adjective
lu·na·tic | \ˈlü-nə-ˌtik \

Definition of lunatic 

1 dated

a : affected with a severely disordered state of mind : insane

b : designed for the care of mentally ill people a lunatic asylum

2 : wildly foolish a lunatic idea lunatic behavior

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Other Words from lunatic

lunatic noun

Examples of lunatic in a Sentence

He hatched a lunatic plot to overthrow the government. another of his lunatic ideas

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The indelible writer, actress, lunatic cabaret star and occasional solo performer Erin Markey comes to the Bushwick Starr with a two-hander, co-starring her friend Emily Davis. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 Amanda Peet says her house often resembles a lunatic asylum. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "Amanda Peet, playwright: How the actress became the author of the Geffen's upcoming premiere," 13 June 2018 Nick Drnaso's new graphic novel, Sabrina (Drawn & Quarterly), is a subtle, heart-wrenching, multifaceted look at loneliness and loss in our lunatic asylum of a country and an impressive follow-up to his 2016 debut, Beverly. Mark Peters, Chicago Reader, "Nick Drnaso’s second graphic novel, Sabrina, examines the perils of living too long in your own head," 22 May 2018 Only a minute remained of the second leg of this Champions League semifinal, sixty more seconds after three frantic, chaotic, lunatic hours of soccer over two games. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Champions League: Liverpool Ousts Roma in Loss That Doubles as a Triumph," 2 May 2018 The indelible writer, actress, lunatic cabaret star and occasional solo performer Erin Markey comes to the Bushwick Starr with a play for two, co-starring her friend Emily Davis. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "9 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 10 May 2018 Argentina’s economy had been battered by the lunatic policies of a succession of populist governments. The Economist, "Argentina’s economic woes," 10 May 2018 Washington captures the character's hesitancy and doubt along with his lunatic conviction. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "A revelatory Denzel Washington in 'The Iceman Cometh'," 10 May 2018 The entire thing needs to play out in high definition, week after lunatic week, loud and in living color. SI.com, "In Oakland, Jon Gruden Is Ready to Grind," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lunatic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lunatic

Middle English lunatik, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French lunatic, from Late Latin lunaticus, from Latin luna; from the belief that lunacy fluctuated with the phases of the moon

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lunatic

adjective
lu·na·tic | \ˈlü-nə-ˌtik \

Kids Definition of lunatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

lunatic

noun

Kids Definition of lunatic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an insane person

2 : a person who behaves very foolishly That lunatic went through a red light.

lunatic

noun

Medical Definition of lunatic 

: an individual marked by a severely disordered state of mind

lunatic

noun
lu·na·tic | \ˈlü-nə-tik\

Legal Definition of lunatic 

: an insane person used especially formerly

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