maniacal

[muh-nahy-uh-kuh l]

adjective

of or relating to mania or a maniac.

Origin of maniacal

First recorded in 1670–80; maniac + -al1
Related formsma·ni·a·cal·ly, adverbpost·ma·ni·a·cal, adjectivepre·ma·ni·a·cal, adjectivesub·ma·ni·a·cal, adjectivesub·ma·ni·a·cal·ly, adverbun·ma·ni·a·cal, adjectiveun·ma·ni·a·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for maniacal

delirious, lunatic, mad, raving, demoniac

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British Dictionary definitions for maniacal

maniacal

maniac (ˈmeɪnɪæk)

adjective

affected with or characteristic of mania
characteristic of or befitting a maniacmaniacal laughter
Derived Formsmaniacally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for maniacal
adj.

1670s, from maniac (adj.) + -al (1). Related: Maniacally.

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maniacal in Medicine

maniacal

[mə-nīə-kəl]

adj.

Suggestive of or afflicted with insanity.
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