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ma·ni·ac

 (mā′nē-ăk′)
n.
1. A psychotic or otherwise mentally ill person who exhibits violent or bizarre behavior. Not used in psychiatric diagnosis.
2. A person who has an excessive enthusiasm or desire for something: a sports maniac.
3. A person who acts in a wildly irresponsible way: maniacs on the highway.
adj.
Variant of maniacal.

[From Late Latin maniacus, maniacal, from Greek maniakos, from maniā, madness; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

maniac

(ˈmeɪnɪˌæk)
n
1. a wild disorderly person
2. a person who has a great craving or enthusiasm for something: a football maniac.
3. (Psychiatry) psychiatry obsolete a person afflicted with mania
[C17: from Late Latin maniacus belonging to madness, from Greek]

ma•ni•ac

(ˈmeɪ niˌæk)

n.
1. an insane person; lunatic.
2. an overly zealous or enthusiastic person.
adj.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin maniacus possessed by mania < Late Greek maniakós. See mania, -ac]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maniac - an insane person
crazy, looney, loony, nutcase, weirdo - someone deranged and possibly dangerous
bedlamite - an archaic term for a lunatic
pyromaniac - a person with a mania for setting things on fire
madwoman - a woman lunatic
diseased person, sick person, sufferer - a person suffering from an illness
2.maniac - a person who has an obsession with or excessive enthusiasm for something
fancier, enthusiast - a person having a strong liking for something
Adj.1.maniac - wildly disorderedmaniac - wildly disordered; "a maniacal frenzy"
insane - afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement; "was declared insane"; "insane laughter"

maniac

noun
1. madman or madwoman, psycho (slang), lunatic, loony (slang), psychopath, nutter (Brit. slang), basket case (slang), nutcase (slang), headcase (informal), headbanger (informal) a drug-crazed maniac
2. fanatic, fan, enthusiast, freak (informal), fiend (informal) big spending football maniacs

maniac

noun
A person who is ardently devoted to a particular subject or activity:
Informal: buff, fan, fiend.
Slang: freak, nut.
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
مَجْنُونمَجْنون، مَهْووس
maniak
vanvittig person
maanikkoraivohullu
מניאקמשוגע
manijak
dühöngõ õrült
brjálæîingur
狂人
미치광이
maniak
vettvilling
คนคลั่ง
manyakmanyak kimse
người điên

maniac

[ˈmeɪnɪæk]
A. ADJmaníaco
B. N
1.maníaco/a m/f
he drives like a maniacconduce como un loco
2. (fig) (= enthusiast) → fanático/a m/f, maniático/a m/f
these sports maniacsestos fanáticos or maniáticos del deporte

maniac

[ˈmeɪniæk] n
(= mad person) → maniaque mf
She was attacked by a maniac with a knife → Elle a été agressée par un maniaque avec un couteau.
He drives like a maniac
BUT Il conduit comme un fou.
I worked like a maniac
BUT J'ai travaillé comme un dingue.
(= fanatic) a religious maniac → un(e) fanatique religieux/euse
a baseball maniac → un(e) mordu(e) du base-ball

maniac

adjwahnsinnig
n
Wahnsinnige(r) mf, → Irre(r) mf
(fig) these sports maniacsdiese Sportfanatiker pl; you maniacdu bist ja wahnsinnig!

maniac

[ˈmeɪnɪæk] nmaniaco/a
sports maniac (fig) (fam) → maniaco/a dello sport
he drives like a maniac! → guida come un pazzo!

mania

(ˈmeiniə) noun
1. a form of mental illness in which the sufferer is over-active, over-excited, and unreasonably happy.
2. an unreasonable enthusiasm for something. He has a mania for fast cars.
ˈmaniac (-ӕk) noun
an insane (and dangerous) person; a madman. He drives like a maniac.
manic (ˈmӕnik) adjective
1. of, or suffering from, mania. She's in a manic state.
2. extremely energetic, active and excited. The new manager is one of those manic people who can't rest even for a minute.

maniac

مَجْنُون maniak vanvittig person Verrückter μανιακός maníaco raivohullu dingue manijak folle 狂人 미치광이 maniak gærning maniak maníaco маньяк vettvilling คนคลั่ง manyak người điên 疯子

ma·ni·ac

a. maníaco-a, persona afectada de manía.
References in classic literature ?
"Will you now be so good as to tell me with whom I have the honor of conversing so pleasantly, instead of being in the ambulance with that maniac's bullet in my body?"
The man is an undeveloped homicidal maniac. I shall test him with his present craving and see how it will work out, then I shall know more.
In the cell next to him was a drunken wife-beater and in the one beyond a yelling maniac. At midnight they opened the station house to the homeless wanderers who were crowded about the door, shivering in the winter blast, and they thronged into the corridor outside of the cells.
I do not recall what I said or did, but I know that for an instant I was seized with the rage of a maniac.
Quick, guardsmen, to the pits with the black maniac who wishes to throw his life away for a poor joke upon your ruler!"
Like a wild beast his teeth sought the throat of his intended prey, but Clayton, weak though he was, still found sufficient strength to hold the maniac's mouth from him.
I cannot feel friendly toward my quondam fellow-American, Napoleon III., especially at this time,--[July, 1867.]--when in fancy I see his credulous victim, Maximilian, lying stark and stiff in Mexico, and his maniac widow watching eagerly from her French asylum for the form that will never come--but I do admire his nerve, his calm self-reliance, his shrewd good sense.
Peter of Colfax, cut to ribbons yet fighting like the maniac he had become, was as good as dead, for the mark of the Outlaw of Torn was upon his brow.
It was not until she had chained and double-locked the door, fastened every bolt and bar with the heat and fury of a maniac, and drawn him back into the room, that she turned upon him, once again, that stony look of horror, and, sinking down into a chair, covered her face, and shuddered, as though the hand of death were on her.
The maniac bellowed: she parted her shaggy locks from her visage, and gazed wildly at her visitors.
A maniac's fury kindled under her brows; she struggled desperately to disengage herself from Linton's arms.
Suddenly realizing how helpless she was in the event any one of the men should seek to overpower her, and moved by a sudden revulsion of feeling that brought on almost a nausea of disgust, the girl hurled the weapon upon the ground at the feet of the laughing maniac and, turning, kneeled beside the Englishman.