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lu·na·cy

 (lo͞o′nə-sē)
n. pl. lu·na·cies
1.
a. Mental derangement; craziness: "The Indians thought his obsession with giant bones a sign of harmless lunacy" (David Rains Wallace).
b. Archaic Intermittent mental derangement attributed to the changing phases of the moon.
2.
a. Great or wild foolishness: a policy that proved to be a piece of economic lunacy.
b. A wildly foolish or irrational act.

[From lunatic.]

lunacy

(ˈluːnəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (Psychiatry) (formerly) any severe mental illness
2. foolishness or a foolish act

lu•na•cy

(ˈlu nə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. insanity; mental disorder.
2. intermittent insanity, formerly believed to be related to phases of the moon.
3. extreme foolishness or an instance of it: The decision to resign was sheer lunacy.
4. Law. unsoundness of mind sufficient to incapacitate one for legal transactions.
[1535–45; lun (atic) + -acy]

lunacy

1. periodic insanity, once thought to be caused by the phases of the moon.
2. any form of insanity. — lunatic, adj.
See also: Insanity
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lunacy - obsolete terms for legal insanitylunacy - obsolete terms for legal insanity  
insanity - relatively permanent disorder of the mind
2.lunacy - foolish or senseless behaviorlunacy - foolish or senseless behavior  
frolic, gambol, romp, caper, play - gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"
meshugaas, mishegaas, mishegoss - (Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity
buffoonery, clowning, harlequinade, japery, prank, frivolity - acting like a clown or buffoon

lunacy

noun
2. insanity, madness, mania, dementia, psychosis, idiocy, derangement Lunacy became the official explanation for his actions.
insanity reason, sanity

lunacy

noun
1. Serious mental illness or disorder impairing a person's capacity to function normally and safely:
Psychiatry: mania.
Psychology: aberration, alienation.
Translations
جُنون
šílenství
sindssygevanvid
hulluus
elmebaj
geîveiki
beprotisbeprotybėpamišėlis
liela muļķībavājprāts
delilik

lunacy

[ˈluːnəsɪ] N (fig) → locura f
it's sheer lunacy!¡es una locura!

lunacy

[ˈluːnəsi] ndémence f, folie f
It's sheer lunacy → C'est de la pure folie.

lunacy

nWahnsinn m; it’s sheer lunacy!das ist reiner Wahnsinn!; lunacies plVerrücktheiten pl

lunacy

[ˈluːnəsɪ] ndemenza (fig) → pazzia, follia
it's sheer lunacy! → ma è una vera pazzia!

lunacy

(ˈluːnəsi) noun
insanity; madness.
ˈlunatic (-tik) adjective, noun
(abbreviation (usually unkind) loony (ˈluːni) plural ˈloonies) (a person who is) insane or crazy. Only a lunatic would do such a thing!

lu·na·cy

n. locura, demencia.
References in classic literature ?
but I, cannot think of you as one of them,--in their brief New England pedigree, there has been time enough to infect them all with one kind of lunacy or another.
She saw that he stood on the verge of lunacy, if he had not already stepped across it.
So, to my fond faith, poor Pip, in this strange sweetness of his lunacy, brings heavenly vouchers of all our heavenly homes.
For an hour that magician went on shuffling and pulling off boots till he had shed as many as twenty-five pair, and I was hovering on the verge of lunacy.
Chillip's own brain, under his potations of negus, to divert his attention from this topic to his own affairs, on which, for the next half-hour, he was quite loquacious; giving me to understand, among other pieces of information, that he was then at the Gray's Inn Coffee-house to lay his professional evidence before a Commission of Lunacy, touching the state of mind of a patient who had become deranged from excessive drinking.
I know he popped into the mate's cabin to impart the fact to him be- cause the whiskers came on deck, as it were by chance, and stole glances at me from below--for signs of lunacy or drunkenness, I suppose.
On wet days, too, we are almost sure to see him; according to him, it gets on time to work me into lunacy by treading on my mental corns, or to force from Mrs.
I had no alternative but to conclude him stricken with lunacy, and I became seriously anxious about getting him home.
Now, is that ravin' lunacy or a business proposition?
There was still further proof of Drowne's lunacy, if credit were due to the rumor that he had been seen kneeling at the feet of the oaken lady, and gazing with a lover's passionate ardor into the face that his own hands had created.
It was based on the deep persuasion that the man at my side was insane with quite another than Carnivalesque lunacy which comes on at one stated time of the year.
Besides, old Soap-Suds was sick enough at not getting his peerage last year; he'd sack me by wire if I lost him it with such lunacy as this.