- 1A person who is mentally ill (not in technical use).More example sentences
- She continued to gape at him as if he was a runaway lunatic from a nearby mental asylum.
- The gaol was also used for a number of years to house the mentally insane, as lunatics had to be restrained and kept out of sight.
- Initially, he's told he's too old and then parcelled off into the Halberdiers, a regiment almost entirely comprised of oddballs, lunatics, misfits and sociopaths.
- 1.1An extremely foolish or eccentric person: this lunatic just accelerated out from the side of the roadMore example sentences
- Those of you who are not my best friend Julie, and therefore not lunatics and hardcore math geeks, may not know that today is Pi Day.
- He has observed that all the other drivers on the road fall into one of two categories: idiots or lunatics.
- He had known it, the rest of his friends were raving lunatics.
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- 1Mentally ill (not in technical use): a ward of lunatic old ladiesMore example sentences
- Do you remember that one episode of X-Files with that crazed lunatic writer who was in love with Scully?
- The frustration is so great that the black character believes that he might wind up in a lunatic cell, driven crazy by the insane demands.
- I said I found him, not that he was some insane lunatic murderer trying to kill me!
- 1.1Extremely foolish or eccentric: he would be asked to acquiesce in some lunatic schemeMore example sentences
- What happens if you break all the rules and throw your reputation behind a lunatic scheme to let people hear world-class classical music for the price of a couple of pints?
- They will presumably lead to some retraction of the lunatic version of markets that have been imposed by extreme reactionaries in recent years.
- A small smile touched her lips, her eyes alight with a lunatic fire.
Middle English: from Old French lunatique, from late Latin lunaticus, from Latin luna 'moon' (from the belief that changes of the moon caused intermittent insanity).