man·​ic | \ ˈma-nik How to pronounce manic (audio) \

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 \ ˈma-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce manically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of manic in a Sentence

a manic sense of humor
Recent Examples on the Web Williams, his doctors and his widow say, was suffering from an advanced case of Lewy Body dementia, a spectacularly ironic affliction for a once-manic comic whose rapid-firing neurons created his stage persona in his early years. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Last Days of Robin Williams," 17 Sep. 2020 Gurianov’s goal came after a manic third-period rally in which Jamie Benn scored a rebound goal with 10:06 remaining to get the Stars on the board, and Joel Kiviranta added to his playoff legend by tying the score with 3:47 left in the third period. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars defeat Golden Knights in OT, advance to Stanley Cup Final for first time in 20 years," 14 Sep. 2020 The manic pixie dream girl with red dip-dyed hair, a carefree smile, and sprite-like grace that Sossamon embodied for much of her early career. Anne Cohen,, "Whatever Happened To Shannyn Sossamon, Star Of A Knight’s Tale? Let Her Tell You," 10 Sep. 2020 His reelection campaign had lost the manic, live-on-CNN pace of his 2016 blitz. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "How They Lost," 4 Sep. 2020 For instance, if an officer is trying to calm down someone in a manic episode but keeps having to ask bystanders to clear the area, the officer could use IPO to charge a person who won’t stand back. oregonlive, "Hundreds of protesters have been charged with interfering with a peace officer. But should it remain a crime?," 30 Aug. 2020 Throughout the memoir, Chang details periods of both serious depressive and manic phases. Ana Calderone,, "Chef David Chang Opens Up About Bipolar I Disorder in New Memoir: 'It Has Shaped Me In So Many Ways'," 26 Aug. 2020 This same manic passivity is equally easy to find down the discourse. David Roth, The New Republic, "Trump’s Cloud of Gossip Has Poisoned America," 21 Aug. 2020 Breaking away from the fridge, a statue reflecting its internal manic entropy. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Cicadia," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of manic

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Manic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce manic (audio) \

Medical Definition of manic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: affected with, relating to, or resembling mania

Other Words from manic

manically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce manically (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of manic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with mania

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