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lunacy

[ loo-nuh-see ]
/ ˈlu nə si /
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noun, plural lu·na·cies.

insanity; mental disorder.
intermittent insanity, formerly believed to be related to phases of the moon.
extreme foolishness or an instance of it: Her decision to resign was sheer lunacy.
unsoundness of mind sufficient to incapacitate one for civil transactions: a former legal term.

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Origin of lunacy

First recorded in 1535–45; lun(atic) + -acy
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British Dictionary definitions for lunacy

lunacy
/ (ˈluːnəsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

(formerly) any severe mental illness
foolishness or a foolish act
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