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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In the days leading up to her disappearance, Richardson was quite obviously suffering through a manic episode. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Lie and Deny: Secrecy and Suspicion Surround the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department," 21 Apr. 2016 But someone in a manic episode may also feel irritable and agitated while also being energized. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You to Know," 12 Dec. 2018 So began his life pattern: reach success, become overwhelmed, slide into a manic episode, then check into a psychiatric ward. Greg Bishop,, "Mauro Ranallo Aims to Reach an Important Audience With Documentary on His Bipolar Disorder," 18 May 2018 At the other end of the spectrum, Charley had manic episodes and would go weeks without sleeping. Jenny Aurthur, Longreads, "Of Breakdowns and Breakthroughs," 4 May 2018 The movie is classic Williams family-friendly fare—manic, hilarious streams of improv interspersed with heartwarming moments of drama. Sarene Leeds, Glamour, "Mrs. Doubtfire Is About a Man Financially Scamming His Ex-Wife," 24 Nov. 2018 And how the film looks feeds into its feeling of grim, manic comedy. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Favourite is a deliciously wicked tale of sex, women, and power plays," 21 Nov. 2018 In the decade since it was created, bitcoin has generated lots of hype but has struggled to attract rank-and-file retail investors beyond the manic, and temporary, rallies. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bearish on Bitcoin: Crypto Markets Take Steep Dive," 20 Nov. 2018 The result is a beautifully manic explosion of colors, patterns, and objects. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Inside Andy Cohen’s Stylish and Vibrant New Bravo Greenroom," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of manic

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

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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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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