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[man-ik] /ˈmæn ɪk/
pertaining to or affected by mania.
Origin of manic
First recorded in 1900-05, manic is from the Greek word manikós inclined to madness. See mania, -ic
Related forms
hypermanic, adjective
submanic, adjective
frenzied, agitated, frantic. Unabridged
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  • No one unfamiliar with that strange disorder of the mind called the manic depressive psychosis can fully understand Signor Papini.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • He'd never heard of any marriage maintaining such a crazy high romantic level of manic neuroticism as this for very long.

    Thy Name Is Woman Bryce Walton
  • In this second psychosis, however, manic elements were much more prominent.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • This procedure is not questioned, because the manic reaction as distinguished from a mania is well recognized.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • manic states (usually hypomanic) frequently occur during the phase of recovery from the stupor.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
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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