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lunatic

adjective absurd, bereft of reason, crazed, crazy, daft, dementate, demented, deranged, disordered, foolish, frenetic, frenzied, insane, insensate, irrational, mad, maniacal, manic, mentally aberrant, mentally ill, mentally unbalanced, nonsensical, obsessed, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, out of one's senses, possessed, raging, raving, reasonless, senseless, touched, unhinged, wandering, wild
See also: non compos mentis

LUNATIC, persons. One who has had an understanding, but who, by disease, grief, or other accident, has lost the use of his reason. A lunatic is properly one who has had lucid intervals, sometimes enjoying his senses, and sometimes not. 4 Co. 123; 1 Bl. Com. 304; Bac. Abr. Idiots, &c., A; 1 Russ. on Crimes, 8; Shelf. on Lun. 4; Merlin, mot Demence; Fonb. Eq. Index, h.t.; 15 Vin. Ab. 131; 8 Com. Dig. 721; 1 Supp. to Ves. jr. 94, 130, 369, 404; 2 Supp. to Ves. jr. 51, 106, 151, 360; 1 Vern. 9, 137, 262; Louis. Code, tit. 9, c. 1; and articles Lucid Interval; Lunacy.

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Mills, Madness, Cannabis, and Colonialism: The "Native Only" Lunatic Asylums of British India, 1857-1900 (London, 2000), released too late to be included in this review, also helps to fill this gap in the historiography.
All my work to the public looks not chaotic but mad, a little bit lunatic.
Thus the lunatics become the undead without requiring a change of set or costume.
Yet McCandless avoids these important issues; instead he relates the history of the insane living outside the asylum in the same dry and tedious manner as he does the institutional history of the lunatic asylum.
She Tweeted a post: "My father is a lunatic and doesn't even deserve such a title since he's never been around in my life other than when he'd threaten me and my family.
Pros: Alain Goulem and Tracey Hoyt are funny as a couple of delusional, lunatic parents (married to different long-suffering spouses), as is Annie Bovaird as Hoyt's equally deranged daughter, a violent, foul-mouthed youngster.
But I make the best effort I can, in my own lunatic way, to run it properly.
There was a heated exchange when deputy council leader Cllr John Mutton (Lab, Binley and Willenhall) branded some of the opponents of the Phoenix Initiative as "the lunatic fringe which seems to occupy all the newspaper space''.
A County Lunatic Asylum for Warwickshire had recently been opened for the accommodation of pauper lunatics previously looked after in the county's workhouses.
In one of many amusing cameos, he tells us the American mystery writer Patricia Highsmith drives like a lunatic and dresses shabbily.
Baselitz's anthology offers a hallucinatory smorgasbord of what look like the unleashed demons of a Nordic id--a bleak landscape rained upon not by water but by windswept streaks of letters that spell out the artist's name, HILL; crude images of a wild horse, a reindeer, or a giant serpent appearing in a nature primitive enough to provide the sets for a lunatic dramatization of the Edda; eruptions of rocks and trees that metamorphose before our eyes into breasts and phalluses.
Soap operas and melodramas also truck in the same sort of lunatic histrionics that "Huff" deals in, but "Huff" aspires to a greater realism, particularly through its uniformly accomplished performances.