- of or relating to mania or a maniac.
Origin of maniacal
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Examples from the Web for maniacal
The low pay, the poor lights, the fleabag hotels, the maniacal fans, the hopelessness of it all.The Great Paul Hemphill Celebrates the Long Gone Birmingham Barons
March 29, 2014
His bland take on the icon is nothing like his maniacal turns in American Psycho or The Fighter.Ben Affleck Isn’t the Worst Thing to Happen to Batman
August 31, 2013
"Al Qaeda," presented as such, would be rejected out of hand as a gang of maniacal barbarians.Is Syria Being 'Lebanized' or is Lebanon Being 'Syrianized'?
August 29, 2013
Protest all you want about giving someone else a chance, but that maniacal laugh alone deserves its own little trophy.2012 Emmy Awards: Our Predictions for Who Will Win
Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez
September 20, 2012
The episode “Crawl Space,” in which Walter discovers the money is gone and breaks into maniacal laughter, was a critical favorite.Emmy-Nominated Actress Anna Gunn, ‘Breaking Bad’s Skyler White, Tells All
Maria Elena Fernandez
September 19, 2012
He had seized the handle, and he was pulling at it frenziedly with a maniacal strength.The Strolling Saint
She broke away, clawing his face, screaming her maniacal cry.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
There was no struggle: the lanky figure showed no maniacal fury.
There is no telling what the next move of this maniacal avenger will be.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
That it sometimes struck her as maniacal did not detract from its interest.The Green Carnation
Robert Smythe Hichens
- affected with or characteristic of mania
- characteristic of or befitting a maniacmaniacal laughter
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Word Origin and History for maniacal
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Suggestive of or afflicted with insanity.
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