pertaining to or affected by mania.

Nearby words

  1. mani,
  2. mani-pedi,
  3. mania,
  4. maniac,
  5. maniacal,
  6. manic depression,
  7. manic disorder,
  8. manic-depressive,
  9. manic-depressive illness,
  10. manichaean

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

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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.

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Medicine definitions for manic




Relating to, affected by, or resembling mania.

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