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He described himself briefly as a lunatic, and walked on again.

An inhabitant of the moon, as distinguished from Lunatic, one whom the moon inhabits.

The lunatic approached Cesarini with an air of dignity and condescension.

If the lunatic caught her—well, he would catch her, but it should not be her fault if he did.

Called a liar and a lunatic, Bernadette was threatened with imprisonment.

And who can tell how often this may be the fact—how often the lunatic also lives by faith?

You thought one of the members of the family must be a lunatic.

A stupendous discovery or a pitiful figment of a lunatic brain!

One man, with the gestures of a lunatic, entered an inn and was seen no more.

It was these eyes he met as he stooped over her with his lunatic chuckle.

WORD 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.

Earlier it was a term for a type of hairstyle worn over the forehead (1877). Lunatic soup (1933) was Australian slang for "alcoholic drink."

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