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ma·ni·ac

(mā'nē-ak), This imprecise term, which has pejorative connotations in lay use, is best avoided in medical speech and writing.
1. Obsolete term for a mentally ill or disturbed person.
2. One suffering from mania.

maniac

(1) An obsolete, nonspecific term for a person suffering from mania or any other form of mental illness. 
(2) A highly colloquial term that may be loosely applied to any person who is “mad” or “acts crazy” (especially in American English); lunatic.
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BEIRUT: The professor stands maniacally behind a test-tube of angry red liquid.
As Starsky, Stiller is maniacally devoted to his job while cheesy Hutch (Wilson), is only interested in making a quick buck.
The Clinton administration was almost maniacally focused on spreading the Internet, succeeding, among other achievements, in getting most of the nation's schools and libraries wired.
President:" she says, "Well, I don't desire your superstar badge of bravery / For enduring modern-day slavery / In your maniacally economically-driven death trap.
I do have to say that Rimensnyder's line, "Indeed, her eyes fairly dance when she's challenged--though somewhat maniacally, as if she were reaching for her machete;' cracked me up.
Unless your mind has been completely shut down by our maniacally success-driven culture, you can't help but recognize your own ordeals in this alien creature, Cronenberg's most compassionately treated character since the doomed Mantle brothers in Dead Ringers.
Because this isn't really about the plot - which pairs Smith (as cool, maverick gunslinger James T West) with Kevin Kline (intellectual inventor Artemus Gordon) against a maniacally wheelchair-bound Kenneth Branagh (evil mastermind Dr Arliss Loveless), plotting to overthrow the fledgling United States - it's about having fun.
Had Amin been simply mad, as the press chose to present him -- `it was a favourite trick to print pictures of him laughing maniacally' (p.
Punctuated by not-so-veiled criticism of the stagnant government of "El Lider," a fictitious article describes a comparsa featuring a disheveled, bearded fellow maniacally gesticulating in front of two somber-looking bureaucrats.
Given that he was ill for long periods, moved house and travelled almost maniacally, and was actively hospitable to a strange assortment of friends and acquaintances, the puzzle is to understand when he found time to write.
Simultaneous with this collective exterior speed exists a deadly inner turgidity which results in those paradoxical apparitions represented by highly vaunted beauty queens of bone, entertainments filled with testimonial ulceration--the result, a cul de sac of ever increasing torment, where the population maniacally gathers, its flesh slowly melting into a steaming vat of sulphurous droplets.