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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

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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


  1. characterizing, denoting, or affected by mania
  1. 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

manic in Medicine


  1. Relating to, affected by, or resembling mania.
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