Investigators, the source said, dismissed Hernandez as a “lunatic.”
They did that to provoke this guy, yet we get reports that say, “The lunatic is on the loose!”
Fine, but there are lunatic sums of money being spent on art, surely?
His loss is a cheering bit of evidence that even in our lunatic political environment, there is still such a thing is too crazy.
The NIRA was based on a lunatic confusion of cause with effect.
Mr. Hobson, if you don't mend your manners, I'll certify you for a lunatic asylum.
This lunatic, in letting Scrooge's nephew out, had let two other people in.
I wanted to hoist an ensign, union down, but the lunatic prevented me; his intelligence had left him.
"I'm certainly not going to certify that boy as a lunatic," he said.
Another writ of habeas corpus took me out of jail, and I at last turned my back on the Tombs—a lunatic by judicial decree.
late 13c., "affected with periodic insanity, dependent on the changes of the moon," from Old French lunatique, lunage "insane," or directly from Late Latin lunaticus "moon-struck," from Latin luna "moon" (see Luna). Cf. Old English monseoc "lunatic," literally "moon-sick;" Middle High German lune "humor, temper, mood, whim, fancy" (German Laune), from Latin luna. Cf. also New Testament Greek seleniazomai "be epileptic," from selene "moon." Lunatic fringe (1913) apparently was coined by U.S. politician Theodore Roosevelt.
Then, among the wise and high-minded people who in self-respecting and genuine fashion strive earnestly for peace, there are foolish fanatics always to be found in such a movement and always discrediting it -- the men who form the lunatic fringe in all reform movements. [Theodore Roosevelt, autobiography, 1913].Earlier it was a term for a type of hairstyle worn over the forehead (1877). Lunatic soup (1933) was Australian slang for "alcoholic drink."
"lunatic person," late 14c., from lunatic (adj.).