American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or having bipolar disorder.
- n. A person who has bipolar disorder.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Both manic and melancholic: noting a form of insanity in which mania and melancholia alternate.
- adj. Exhibiting manic depression.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A person suffering from manic-depressive psychosis.
- n. a person afflicted with manic-depressive illness
- adj. suffering from a disorder characterized by alternating mania and depression
“The disease that encompassed all these different appearances was now to be called manic-depressive insanity.”
“An ironic exception to these nineteenth-century writers who were emphasizing the mysterious, irrational, and overwhelming forces that gave rise to genius was the essayist Charles Lamb; confined at one time to a private asylum for what now would almost certainly be called manic-depressive illness, he was also the close companion to a sister intermittently insane with manic-depressive psychosis.”
“They found that less than half of those with bipolar disorder -- also known as manic-depressive illness -- received mental health treatment during their lifetimes.”
“If Leibovich had mostly settled on a picture of Beck as a manic-depressive with suicidal tendencies who doesn't know who he is from moment to moment, that would have been one thing.”
“The static of the erratic fanatic romantic manic-depressive: upside down, impulsive, regressive.”
“My biography of Frank Sinatra is not paean to his music but rather an illumination of the man behind the music, who once described himself as "an 18-karat manic-depressive who lived a life of violent emotional contradictions with an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as happiness.”
“I've worked with him for more than two years and I've never seen evidence" that the Afghan president is manic-depressive or on drugs, Sedwill said.”
“But the assumption that every dollar not spent in a school year is a denial of education to students is foolish and its ultimate end is part of a manic-depressive approach to funding that ends up holding us hostage to the whims of the economy and dooms us to continual upheaval.”
“How Dolphin and Star cope with the unpredictability of Marigold, their alcoholic, manic-depressive mother, is told entirely from the girls' perspective.”
“A-lister Clooney adopts a quieter, less showy pose as a troubled lawyer torn between his loyalty to firm honcho Sydney Pollack and his pal Wilkinson, who gives an astounding performance as an erratic, manic-depressive lawyer at the breaking point.”
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