Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • I will tell you, though, on what you called manic Monday.

    CNN Transcript Feb 4, 2008

  • Today's market, maybe more than ever before, is full of short term manic depressives being fed news stories by, more manic depressives.

  • "What's kind of a red flag is when it is atypical for the person to talk like this," doing it only when they are in manic cycle but not at other times, she says.

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  • * Barnicide: the crime a parent is tempted to commit after being over-exposed to a certain manic purple dinosaur

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  • BARNICIDE: the crime a parent is tempted to commit after being over-exposed to a certain manic purple dinosaur.

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  • FISHER: I like the name manic depression, though, because it describes what it ` s like.

    CNN Transcript Nov 10, 2009

  • I'll probably remain manic until it starts to get reader reviews and such.

    Angel, New novels, old novels, and out-takes?

  • And the word manic depression was never attached to what was wrong with him because he had a psychiatrist who didn't believe in it, thought if you put a name on things that it made it worse, and I didn't know it.

    CNN Transcript Jul 22, 2001

  • But to me he's more interesting as the translator of two peculiarly great and problematic novelists: the Frenchman Georges Perec, whose work is characterized by a manic concern for form, and the Albanian Ismail Kadare, whose work Bellos translates not from the original Albanian, but from French translations supervised by Kadare.

    NYT > Home Page

  • To this condition, Kraeplin give the name manic depression -- a term that although still in use, has been supplanted by the category of "bipolar disorder" in official psychiatric nomenclature.

    CNN.com

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