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maniac

[mey-nee-ak]
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noun
  1. a raving or violently insane person; lunatic.
  2. any intemperate or overly zealous or enthusiastic person: a maniac when it comes to details.
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adjective
  1. maniacal.
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Origin of maniac

First recorded in 1595–1605, maniac is from the Medieval Latin word maniacus of, pertaining to madness. See mania, -ac
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maniac

noun
  1. a wild disorderly person
  2. a person who has a great craving or enthusiasm for somethinga football maniac
  3. psychiatry obsolete a person afflicted with mania
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Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin maniacus belonging to madness, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for maniac

adj.

c.1600, "pertaining to mania; insane," from French maniaque (14c.), from Late Latin maniacus, from Greek maniakos, from mania (see mania). Borrowed at first in French form; Latinized in English from 1727. The noun is attested from 1763, from the adjective.

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maniac in Medicine

maniac

(mānē-ăk′)
n.
  1. An insane person.
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