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[man-ik] /ˈmæn ɪk/
pertaining to or affected by mania.
Origin of manic
1900-05; < Greek manikós inclined to madness. See mania, -ic
Related forms
hypermanic, adjective
submanic, adjective
frenzied, agitated, frantic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for manic
  • The idea that some entrepreneurs may be a little manic is hardly new.
  • No wonder he was manic and high and low and sideways.
  • The swing in monetary mood has been little short of manic.
  • The sky was white with gannets and filled with their manic chatter.
  • For people with bipolar disorder, thoughts can race so quickly that the manic feeling becomes aversive.
  • But watching it all come together is a thing of manic beauty.
  • Even when small successes do not arouse manic symptoms, they appear to prompt exaggerated surges of confidence.
  • The results of previous periods of manic branch building have made lovely restaurants.
  • Thanks for the excellent article, shows genuine hopefulness without the manic enthusiasm the bedevils all psychotropic issues.
  • His list was delivered with an almost manic urgency.
British Dictionary definitions for manic


characterizing, denoting, or affected by mania
a person afflicted with mania
Word Origin
C19: from Greek, from mania
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Word Origin and History for manic

"pertaining to or affected with mania," 1902, from mania + -ic. The clinical term manic depressive also is from 1902; manic depression is first attested 1903.

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manic in Medicine

manic man·ic (mān'ĭk)
Relating to, affected by, or resembling mania.

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