Synonyms for lunatic

Grammar : Adj, noun
Spell : loo-nuh-tik
Phonetic Transcription : ˈlu nə tɪk

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Définition of lunatic

Origin :
  • late 13c., "affected with periodic insanity, dependent on the changes of the moon," from Old French lunatique, lunage "insane," or directly from Late Latin lunaticus "moon-struck," from Latin luna "moon" (see Luna). Cf. Old English monseoc "lunatic," literally "moon-sick;" Middle High German lune "humor, temper, mood, whim, fancy" (German Laune), from Latin luna. Cf. also New Testament Greek seleniazomai "be epileptic," from selene "moon." Lunatic fringe (1913) apparently was coined by U.S. politician Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Then, among the wise and high-minded people who in self-respecting and genuine fashion strive earnestly for peace, there are foolish fanatics always to be found in such a movement and always discrediting it -- the men who form the lunatic fringe in all reform movements. [Theodore Roosevelt, autobiography, 1913].
  • Earlier it was a term for a type of hairstyle worn over the forehead (1877). Lunatic soup (1933) was Australian slang for "alcoholic drink."
  • adj crazy, mad
  • noun person who is crazy, mad
Example sentences :
  • He described himself briefly as a lunatic, and walked on again.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • An inhabitant of the moon, as distinguished from Lunatic, one whom the moon inhabits.
  • Extract from : « The Devil's Dictionary » by Ambrose Bierce
  • The lunatic approached Cesarini with an air of dignity and condescension.
  • Extract from : « Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • If the lunatic caught her—well, he would catch her, but it should not be her fault if he did.
  • Extract from : « The Incomplete Amorist » by E. Nesbit
  • Called a liar and a lunatic, Bernadette was threatened with imprisonment.
  • Extract from : « The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete » by Emile Zola
  • And who can tell how often this may be the fact—how often the lunatic also lives by faith?
  • Extract from : « Wilfrid Cumbermede » by George MacDonald
  • You thought one of the members of the family must be a lunatic.
  • Extract from : « Cleo The Magnificent » by Louis Zangwill
  • A stupendous discovery or a pitiful figment of a lunatic brain!
  • Extract from : « Mountain Meditations » by L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • One man, with the gestures of a lunatic, entered an inn and was seen no more.
  • Extract from : « The Downfall » by Emile Zola
  • We will see to-morrow about conveying her to the lunatic asylum at Les Tulettes.
  • Extract from : « The Fortune of the Rougons » by Emile Zola

Antonyms for lunatic

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