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manic

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Pronunciation: /ˈmanɪk
 
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Definition of manic in English:

adjective

1(In psychiatry) relating to or affected by mania: the manic interludes in depression manic patients
More example sentences
  • A hyperactive manic patient will nearly always have a rapid heart rate, but it doesn't follow that a rapid heart rate causes the mania.
  • Indeed, many bipolar patients report that manic episodes followed a period in which they were unable to sleep or endured jet lag.
  • She spent little time on psychiatric inpatient units working, for example, with bipolar patients in their active manic phases.
1.1Showing wild, apparently deranged, excitement and energy: a manic grin
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  • Drunk or sober, he was driven by a manic energy and impatience that made him a difficult friend and an almost impossible husband and father.
  • This was a thoughtful, quiet museum which nicely complemented the manic excitement of the Dracula Experience.
  • My sister and I arrived the night before the surgery and found my mother full of manic energy.
Synonyms
mad, insane, deranged, demented, maniacal, lunatic, crazed, wild, demonic, demoniacal, hysterical, raving, neurotic, unhinged, unbalanced;
British sectionable
informal crazy
1.2Frantically busy; hectic: the pace is utterly manic
More example sentences
  • This is the perfect place to relax as it's busy but never too manic.
  • In fact, the whole second half of the album is a lot more chilled out than the first, which can be manic and intensely un-listenable.
  • All of these factors conspire to create a manic and intensely enjoyable film.
Synonyms
informal hyper, mad
British informal swivel-eyed

Derivatives

manically

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • You start laughing raucously, almost manically.
  • Simon, while ostensibly calm, is pacing rather manically.
  • As firelight flickers across his craggy face and sweat runs down his ample forehead, you can bet he's laughing manically.

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