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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"The Monster Raving Loony Party failed to move on and ended up being too loony."
But voters will have one last chance to support Melodie under the loony label in this year's local elections.
The party manifesto - which as the past has proved is not as daft as it may sound - contains serious and 'loony' elements.
Iain - who also raised money for charity with his icy dip - said: "I shook off my Hogmanay hangover and got myself down to Queensferry for my first Loony Dook because I lost a bet, plain and simple.
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Adam's determination to play Buttons to Steph's Panto Witch - even as she's on the brink of confessing to murder - is every bit loony as she is.
He said this year the world's first Loony Marathon would be taking place.
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A 13-year-old boy who chained himself to Downing Street railings protesting about homework has been made chairman of the Junior Monster Raving Loony Party.
The only people who have shown any interest in contesting his vanity by-election are ranting former newspaper editor Kelvin MacKenzie and Monster Raving Loony hopeful Mad Cow-Girl.