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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MA'NIAC, a. [L. maniacus.] Mad; raving with madness; raging with disordered intellect.
MA'NIAC, n. A madman; one raving with madness.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: wildly disordered; "a maniacal frenzy" [syn: maniacal, maniac] n
1: an insane person [syn: lunatic, madman, maniac]
2: a person who has an obsession with or excessive enthusiasm for something

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Late Latin maniacus maniacal, from Greek maniakos, from mania Date: circa 1763 1. madman, lunatic 2. a person characterized by an inordinate or ungovernable enthusiasm for something

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. 1 colloq. a person exhibiting extreme symptoms of wild behaviour etc.; a madman. 2 colloq. an obsessive enthusiast. 3 Psychol. archaic a person suffering from mania. --adj. of or behaving like a maniac. Derivatives: maniacal adj. maniacally adv. Etymology: LL maniacus f. late Gk maniakos (as MANIA)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Maniac Ma"ni*ac, a. [F. maniaque. See Mania.] Raving with madness; raging with disordered intellect; affected with mania; mad.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Maniac Ma"ni*ac, n. A raving lunatic; a madman.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(maniacs) 1. A maniac is a mad person who is violent and dangerous. ...a drug-crazed maniac. N-COUNT 2. If you describe someone's behaviour as maniac, you are emphasizing that it is extremely foolish and uncontrolled. A maniac driver sped 35 miles along the wrong side of a motorway at 110 mph. = lunatic ADJ: ADJ n [emphasis] 3. If you call someone, for example, a religious maniac or a sports maniac, you are critical of them because they have such a strong interest in religion or sport. My mum is turning into a religious maniac. ...football maniacs. = fanatic N-COUNT: supp N [disapproval]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Madman, lunatic, bedlamite, insane person, crack. II. a.; (also maniacal) Mad, insane, raving, deranged, demented.

Moby Thesaurus

aliene, batty, bedlamite, berserk, borderline case, crackbrain, cracked, crackpot, crazed, crazy, delirious, dement, demented, demoniac, deranged, energumen, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fiend, flake, fou, frantic, freak, frenetic, frenzied, furious, idiot, kook, loon, loony, lunatic, mad, madman, meshuggenah, non compos, noncompos, nut, phrenetic, psychopath, psychotic, rabid, raging, ranting, raving lunatic, screwball, unsound, violent, weirdo, wild, zealot

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