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ma·ni·a·cal

 (mə-nī′ə-kəl) also ma·ni·ac (mā′nē-ăk′)
adj.
1. Suggestive of or afflicted with extreme mental derangement: a maniacal frenzy.
2. Characterized by excessive enthusiasm or excitement: a maniacal interest in gambling.
3. Wildly irresponsible: maniacal drivers.

ma·ni′a·cal·ly adv.

maniacal

(məˈnaɪəkəl)
adj
1. (Psychiatry) affected with or characteristic of mania
2. characteristic of or befitting a maniac: maniacal laughter.
maˈniacally adv

ma•ni•a•cal

(məˈnaɪ ə kəl)

adj.
of or pertaining to mania or a maniac.
[1670–80]
ma•ni′a•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.maniacal - wildly disorderedmaniacal - wildly disordered; "a maniacal frenzy"
insane - afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement; "was declared insane"; "insane laughter"

maniacal

manic
adjective crazed, mad, crazy (informal), insane, wild, raving, frenzied, neurotic, lunatic, psychotic, demented, unbalanced, nutty (slang), deranged, berserk, gonzo (slang) She is hunched over the wheel with a maniacal expression.

maniacal

adjective
Afflicted with or exhibiting irrationality and mental unsoundness:
Informal: bonkers, cracked, daffy, gaga, loony.
Chiefly British: crackers.
Idioms: around the bend, crazy as a loon, mad as a hatter, not all there, nutty as a fruitcake, off one's head, off one's rocker, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, sick in the head, stark raving mad.
Translations

maniacal

[məˈnaɪəkəl] ADJmaníaco

maniacal

adjwahnsinnig

maniacal

[məˈnaɪəkl] adj (behaviour) → da folle
References in classic literature ?
There was a falling in of all the pillars of his soul, the sky seemed to split above him--he stood there, with his clenched hands upraised, his eyes bloodshot, and the veins standing out purple in his face, roaring in the voice of a wild beast, frantic, incoherent, maniacal.
Everywhere was tumult, exultation, deafening and maniacal bewilderment, astounding noise, yet furious dumb-show.
Perhaps we ought to count for much the fat old Norman brown-bay mare, which drew Mademoiselle Cormon to her country-seat at Prebaudet; for the five inhabitants of the house bore to this animal a maniacal affection.
Finally all the hatred and maniacal loathing for these awful creatures who had placed me in this horrible place was centered by my tottering reason upon this single emissary who represented to me the entire horde of Warhoons.
D'Artagnan," said Athos, with a maniacal burst of laughter, "guess what she had on her shoulder.
But since you abuse my confidence, since you have devised a new torture after I thought I had exhausted them all, then, Count of Monte Cristo my pretended benefactor -- then, Count of Monte Cristo, the universal guardian, be satisfied, you shall witness the death of your friend;" and Morrel, with a maniacal laugh, again rushed towards the pistols.
It was followed by a blood-hound-like bay from Sir Christopher, a maniacal prestissimo on the organ, and loud cries, for Jimmy.
It came from the fang -- like teeth of the dwarf, who ground them and gnashed them as he foamed at the mouth, and glared, with an expression of maniacal rage, into the upturned countenances of the king and his seven companions.
Hippolyte turned upon him, a prey to maniacal rage, which set all the muscles of his face quivering.
He saw that neither threats nor pleas would avail him and so he prepared to fight as a cornered rat fights for its life with all the maniacal rage, cunning, and ferocity that the first law of nature imparts to many beasts.
From the dense jungles upon either side came the weird night cries of the carnivora--the maniacal voice of the hyena, the coughing grunt of the panther, the deep and awful roar of the lion.
Kick and squirm as I would, I could neither turn toward my antagonist nor free myself from his maniacal grasp.