man·ic | \ ˈma-nik \

Definition of manic 

: affected with, relating to, characterized by, or resulting from mania had a manic personality his manic work pace

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Other words from manic

manic noun
manically \-ni-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of manic in a Sentence

a manic sense of humor

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Even when manic, Rebecca usually stayed in touch — particularly with her twin. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "She was tossed from a hospital on a cold night wearing only a gown. The viral video followed years of struggles.," 13 Apr. 2018 The game is priced nicely, features a jovial, marsupial protagonist with a manic personality, and was an essential part of PlayStation history. Harold Goldberg,, "Classic games, lovingly reimagined in 'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy'," 13 July 2018 In hindsight, her bizarre behaviors were classic manic-depressive symptoms. Lini S. Kadaba,, "Fighting the stigma of mental illness, one brave story at a time," 31 May 2018 This is such a stark contrast to Monaghan's earlier performance as the wild, unpredictable and manic Jerome. Sydney Bucksbaum, The Hollywood Reporter, "DC TV Watch: 'Gotham' Reveals New Joker's Surprising Demeanor," 5 May 2018 Sunday is an off day, so everyone plays, men and women, top seeds and interlopers, in a manic buffet that stretches from morning to night. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Manic Monday at Wimbledon," 9 July 2018 When the storm struck on Aug. 25, 2017, Connelly had a manic episode and left his parents house in Pearland. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Boys’ basketball: Koonsen leaves Angleton for Pearland post," 8 July 2018 Michael Curtiz's direction is supple and intelligent, but what makes the movie is James Cagney's manic blur of a performance. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Crime / Dance / Film / On Video / Small Screen James Cagney is more than just a tough-guy as FilmStruck's Star of the Week," 3 July 2018 Janet Dubrasky said her son did seem to be coming around and was less manic after he was prescribed Zyprexa in December. Gary Warth,, "Parents want answers following son's death after jail release," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of manic

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of manic was circa 1824

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English Language Learners Definition of manic

: having or relating to a mental illness that causes someone to become very excited or emotional

: very excited, energetic, or emotional


man·ic | \ ˈman-ik \

Medical Definition of manic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: affected with, relating to, or resembling mania

Other words from manic

manically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb



Medical Definition of manic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with mania

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