from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Psychiatry Relating to, affected by, or resembling mania.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. manic-depressive
  • adj. Of or pertaining to someone who exhibits mania or craziness; wicked.
  • adj. Colloquial, to exhibit great energy, as one who is in the manic phase of manic depression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pert. to, or characterized by, mania, or excitement; frenzied.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or affected with mania.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. affected with or marked by frenzy or mania uncontrolled by reason


Greek manikos, mad, from maniā, madness; see mania.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
mania +‎ -ic; Ancient Greek μανικός (manicos). (Wiktionary)


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