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 maniacal (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 maniacal (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 Staying home has turned many people into maniacal cleaners. Mary Schmich And Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "Slow return of the light illuminates losses and blessings," 22 Dec. 2020 From the manager who maps out every minute of spring training the moment the previous season ends, to the cot-sleeping, replay-challenging, micro-managing, maniacal football coach, 2020 was a nightmare. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Sports' winners, losers from 2020: The people, institutions that stood out with calendar upended," 21 Dec. 2020 Staying home has turned many people into maniacal cleaners. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: As the light returns, it’s time to make a list of what we’ve missed, and appreciated, in this dark year," 18 Dec. 2020 A week after the Gregg Williams Game cost the maniacal defensive coordinator his job, the Sergio Castillo Game likely cost the kicker his. Dennis Young, courant.com, "Jets’ season gets uglier in beatdown by Seahawks," 13 Dec. 2020 If things got a bit hairy, a fast health boost shot to the chest quickly got me back to my near-maniacal slashfest. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077 is equal parts beautiful and messy," 7 Dec. 2020 Big plays were often followed by maniacal celebrations. Carter Karels, The Indianapolis Star, "Inside the #BeADog inspiration that fuels Notre Dame linebacker Bo Bauer," 1 Nov. 2020 My frustration with my own emotions bordered on maniacal, and the lack of normalcy or comfort at home isolated me further. Fariha Róisín, Vogue, "How Getting Dressed Is Helping My Mental Health," 29 Oct. 2020 The result of their maniacal pursuit of such extremes is plain to see. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Athletes Are Conquering Distance. Sports Will Never Be the Same.," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of maniacal

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Maniacal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maniacal. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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 maniacal (audio) \

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Other Words from maniacal

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

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