[ loo-nuh-tik ]
/ ˈlu nə tɪk /
(no longer in technical use; now considered offensive) an insane person.
a person whose actions and manner are marked by extreme eccentricity or recklessness.
a person legally declared to be of unsound mind and who therefore is not held capable or responsible before the law: a former legal term.
adjective Also lu·nat·i·cal [loo-nat-i-kuh l] /luˈnæt ɪ kəl/ (for defs 4, 5, 7).
(no longer in technical use; now considered offensive) insane.
characteristic or suggestive of lunacy; wildly or recklessly foolish.
Older Use. designated for or used by the insane: a lunatic asylum.
gaily or lightheartedly mad, frivolous, eccentric, etc.: She has a lunatic charm that is quite engaging.
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Origin of lunatic
OTHER WORDS FROM lunaticlu·nat·i·cal·ly, adverbhalf-lu·na·tic, adjective
Words nearby lunatic
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Silly fancies, lunatical, astrological, were not much in his line.Angelot|Eleanor Price
British Dictionary definitions for lunatical
/ (ˈluːnətɪk) /
adjective Also (rarely): lunatical (luːˈnætɪkəl)
an archaic word for insane
foolish; eccentric; crazy
a person who is insane
Derived forms of lunaticlunatically, adverb
Word Origin for lunatic
C13 (adj) via Old French from Late Latin lūnāticus crazy, moonstruck, from Latin lūna moon
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