maniacal

adjective
ma·​ni·​a·​cal | \ mə-ˈnī-ə-kəl How to pronounce maniacal (audio) \
variants: or less commonly maniac \ ˈmā-​nē-​ˌak How to pronounce maniac (audio) \

Definition of maniacal

1 : affected with or suggestive of madness maniacal laughter maniacal energy a maniacal killer
2 : characterized by ungovernable excitement or frenzy : frantic a maniacal mob maniacal fans

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Other Words from maniacal

maniacally \ mə-​ˈnī-​ə-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce maniacally (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of maniacal in a Sentence

the movie's villain was a just a clichéd axe-wielding nutcase with a maniacal laugh
Recent Examples on the Web Ledger and Phoenix delved into the character’s maniacal sadism to deliver particularly unnerving performances. Washington Post, "‘Joker,’ explained: How the movie went from divisive debut to Oscars darling," 13 Jan. 2020 What the song does convey, unambiguously, is a kind of maniacal amplitude. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Misfit Awesomeness of Neil Peart and Rush," 11 Jan. 2020 Just as the Fitbit fostered a maniacal focus on steps taken and calories burned, a social Fitbit would warn against excessive insularity, or remind us to bridge out into new territory. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "A pioneer of wearable technology explains how it can connect instead of divide us," 17 Dec. 2019 For example, here are three: ♦ Will Cristobal’s unrelenting, maniacal act eventually wear on his players and assistants? oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks football in a race to matter in more than a Rose Bowl way," 29 Dec. 2019 One can almost hear the maniacal laughing of tycoons echo on the vaulted ceilings. Joshua David Stein, Town & Country, "Hey Senator Warren, Wine Caves Aren't Just for Corrupt Oligarchs," 20 Dec. 2019 Rodriguez has always been a maniacal preparer, sometimes to his own detriment. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "'What's a Scarlet Letter?' The Improbable Reinvention of A-Rod," 25 June 2019 Pattinson and Dafoe dig into their roles, all right, with both actors crazily, mesmerizingly toggling from workaday to recriminating to maniacal and on and on. BostonGlobe.com, "Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in “The Lighthouse.”," 17 Oct. 2019 On-screen laughs, both maniacal and otherwise, were bound to be plentiful in a movie about Hollywood’s favorite Batman villain. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Todd Phillips injects ‘Joker’ with dark humor. But what are we laughing at?," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of maniacal

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Maniacal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maniacal. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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maniacal

adjective
ma·​ni·​a·​cal | \ mə-ˈnī-ə-kəl How to pronounce maniacal (audio) \
variants: also maniac \ ˈmā-​nē-​ak How to pronounce maniac (audio) \

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Other Words from maniacal

maniacally \ mə-​ˈnī-​ə-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce maniacally (audio) \ adverb

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