pertaining to or affected by mania.

Origin of manic

First recorded in 1900–05, manic is from the Greek word manikós inclined to madness. See mania, -ic
Related formshy·per·man·ic, adjectivesub·man·ic, adjective

Synonyms for manic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of manic

  • No one unfamiliar with that strange disorder of the mind called the manic depressive psychosis can fully understand Signor Papini.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

  • He'd never heard of any marriage maintaining such a crazy high romantic level of manic neuroticism as this for very long.

    Thy Name Is Woman

    Bryce Walton

  • In this second psychosis, however, manic elements were much more prominent.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • This procedure is not questioned, because the manic reaction as distinguished from a mania is well recognized.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Manic states (usually hypomanic) frequently occur during the phase of recovery from the stupor.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

British Dictionary definitions for manic



characterizing, denoting, or affected by mania


a person afflicted with mania

Word Origin for manic

C19: from Greek, from mania
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Word Origin and History for manic

"pertaining to or affected with mania," 1902, from mania + -ic. The clinical term manic depressive also is from 1902; manic depression is first attested 1903.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for manic




Relating to, affected by, or resembling mania.
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