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 manic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of manic in a Sentence

a manic sense of humor
Recent Examples on the Web At the time my treatment team was concerned that my job could trigger manic episodes. As Told To Natasha Lavender, SELF, 17 June 2021 When his sister needs to travel to help her husband during a manic episode, what starts out as a babysitting gig in California turns into an adventure spanning New York and New Orleans, crossing generational borders along the way. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 This is the manic aftermath of a once-healthy relationship — laughing one moment and then crying the next; missing the person in the morning, then hating their guts by the afternoon. Alex Suskind,, 27 Aug. 2021 Some legislative and regulatory actions are needed to bring a shadowy financial system into the light and to create enforceable rules for markets currently defined by speculation, manipulation, and manic volatility. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, 13 Aug. 2021 But with the biography, the letters, and the journals long in the rearview mirror, the popular secondary works on Proust continue to appear in manic numbers. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 Ponte has had three manic episodes that led to hospitalization and one that caused her to be arrested; all four were triggered by major world conflicts or crises. Ayanna Runcie, CBS News, 16 Mar. 2020 Her pain disappears, replaced by an increasingly manic energy., 30 July 2021 Tenor David Portillo expresses the alternately lucid and manic states of attorney Jonathan Harker, deftly handling wide leaps, hysteric pantings and sudden exclamations. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 29 July 2021

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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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23 Sep 2021

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“Manic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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 manic (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of manic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with mania

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