Definitions

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

  • adj. Suggestive of or afflicted with insanity: a maniacal frenzy.
  • adj. Characterized by excessive enthusiasm or excitement: a maniacal interest in gambling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like a maniac; insane; frenzied.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Affected with, or characterized by, madness; maniac.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to madness; marked by or manifesting mania; insane; mad: as, a maniacal tendency; maniacal ravings.

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

  • adj. wildly disordered

Etymologies

maniac +‎ -al (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Allred, who served 16 years in the House and four years in the Senate, said he was disturbed by the lawmakers self imposed cross over deadline and what he called a maniacal way to pass legislation.

    News - MyNC.com

  • This hostel in Eixample has also got immaculately clean dorms, comfortable beds with decent mattresses and reading lights, and what the owners term "maniacal attention to the soundtrack" witness the LP covers adorning the walls.

    10 of the best hostels in Barcelona

  • I used to frequent a certain maniacal toy site and noticed that several people there would go see whatever movie debuted that week EVERY WEEKEND.

    Rant: How Does This Shit Get Made?! Disaster Movie Trailer « FirstShowing.net

  • He was asked if he and the rest of the band would ever consider singing the national anthem before a Canadians game he's know as a maniacal fan.

    We have a weiner!

  • Tears were streaming down his face and his expression was maniacal.

    Blue Rage, Black Redemption

  • He's been called maniacal and he may now possess nuclear weapons.

    CNN Transcript Oct 12, 2006

  • He starts his questions with the word "notwithstanding", referring to the "maniacal" gestures Ed Balls has been making.

    The Guardian World News

  • Hot and torpid, our thoughts revolve endlessly in a kind of maniacal abstraction, an abstraction so involuted, so dangerously valiant, that my own energies seem perilously close to exhaustion, to morbid termination.

    Poetic Machines 01 : Christian Bök : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • That kind of maniacal need for control is what will be the death of major labels.

    - Boing Boing

  • Barthes investigates the emergence of writing as an intransitive activity, determined not by its object but by a "maniacal" urge in the author's body.

    Top stories from Times Online

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  • It was Used in my writing class as an example.
    A maniacal laugh esacped his lips.
    maniacal:characteristic of or befitting a maniac

    October 4, 2010

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    June 21, 2009