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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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The full video of Lunatics by Nature's drifting exploits around Jebel Hafeet will drop on October 9.
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If we can get people out of that mad place, and take care of them, until only the battling lunatics are left, then we should to the extent of our ability, and so should the rest of the international community, east and west.
The lunatics in charge who care for no-one but themselves are too scared to say no to the allconsuming power-mad EU.
Please, restore sanity, put the film back on and the lunatics back where they belong.
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Into this void comes Peter Barham's excellent Forgotten Lunatics of the Great War, a detailed, comprehensive, and carefully researched study of the war's mental patients.
"No woman shall be qualified to vote at any election for any Electoral Division whatever." The Act does not mention "idiots, lunatics or criminals".
In some senses dangerous lunatics were an unusual component of the poor, notably in being expensive to care for, but they can also be seen as an unusually well-documented type of poor, from whose experience generalisations may be made about funding and provision, decision making and ideologies.
The counterpart to Dix's "embedded" account of destruction on the battlefield is Beckmann's portrayal of the home front as a living "Hell." Splintered by Cubist fragmentation, the chaotic, claustrophobic streets of Berlin are populated by lunatics, deranged disabled veterans, and gangs of murderous thugs.