manic-depressive love



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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or having bipolar disorder.
  • n. A person who has bipolar disorder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Exhibiting manic depression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person suffering from manic-depressive psychosis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Both manic and melancholic: noting a form of insanity in which mania and melancholia alternate.

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

  • n. a person afflicted with manic-depressive illness
  • adj. suffering from a disorder characterized by alternating mania and depression


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • 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.

    Touched with Fire

  • 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.

    Michael Shaw: Reading the Pictures: Glenn Beck, the Picture of Innocence

  • The static of the erratic fanatic romantic manic-depressive: upside down, impulsive, regressive.

    Anatomy of a Breakdown

  • 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."

    Kitty Kelley: Frank Sinatra and Me

  • "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.

    The White House's Afghanistan defeatism

  • 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.

    Larry Strauss: It's Cyclical, Stupid

  • How Dolphin and Star cope with the unpredictability of Marigold, their alcoholic, manic-depressive mother, is told entirely from the girls' perspective.

    Recommended reads: ages 8–10

  • 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.

    John Farr: She Who Dares: The Astonishing Work Of Tilda Swinton


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.