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Definition of maniac

2 : a person characterized by an inordinate or ungovernable enthusiasm for something

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Examples of maniac in a Sentence

He's a complete maniac when he's playing football. they should permanently put away the maniac who is responsible for these kidnappings
Recent Examples on the Web The show’s ultimate depiction of Rock Hudson as a dumb-as-a-rock, barely sentient beefcake is one of its strangest choices; its decision to portray Vivien Leigh as a shrill maniac with a demented voice is yet another. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "Hollywood Keeps Trying to Rewrite Its History," 1 May 2020 Breslau is the old name of the city of Wroclaw, which indicates our maniac may look to the past for inspiration. New York Times, "‘The Plagues of Breslau’ Review: Rage Against the Male Machine," 22 Apr. 2020 Candace finally is able to show Love what an unhinged maniac Joe is—but instead of siding with her, Love murders Candace. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Not Even Ambyr Childers Saw That You Season 2 Plot Twist Coming," 27 Dec. 2019 For the second time in three weeks, the Broncos lost with a lead in the final minutes of the game, this time to Gardner and the Minshew-maniacs. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: Ranking Denver’s 2019 games, from worst to best," 31 Dec. 2019 To add to the frustrations of First Order military leaders, Kylo Ren commits them to an uneasy alliance with the religious maniac Palpatine, the Sith Lord who emerges from decades of hiding with an enormous fleet of star destroyers. Angry Staff Officer, Wired, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is a Lesson in Military Opposites," 24 Dec. 2019 This maniac pulled up next to him and shot him, took away his life, murdered my baby brother. Greg Hanlon,, "West Texas Shooting Victims: an Army Vet, a 15-Year-Old Girl, a Mail Carrier and Others," 3 Sep. 2019 The biggest problem with that isn’t in deciding what to get your melody maniac, your lyric lover, your note nerd. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Holiday Gift Guide 2019: What to get for the pop music fan in your life," 25 Nov. 2019 Even though Rorschach shows himself to be a racist, sexist, homophobic maniac (who apparently also doesn’t shower), two other retired masked fighters called Nite Owl and Silk Spectre reluctantly team up with him to solve the mystery. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About the Watchmen Graphic Novel Before You Watch the Show," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of maniac

circa 1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maniac

Late Latin maniacus maniacal, from Greek maniakos, from mania

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The first known use of maniac was circa 1763

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21 May 2020

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“Maniac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of maniac

: someone who is violent and mentally ill
informal : a person who behaves in a very wild way
informal : a person who is extremely enthusiastic about something


ma·​ni·​ac | \ ˈmā-nē-ˌak How to pronounce maniac (audio) \

Kids Definition of maniac

1 : a person who is or behaves as if insane
2 : a person who is extremely enthusiastic about something

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