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see insanityinsanity,
mental disorder of such severity as to render its victim incapable of managing his affairs or of conforming to social standards. Today, the term insanity is used chiefly in criminal law, to denote mental aberrations or defects that may relieve a person from the legal
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an obsolete term for somnambulism, derived from ancient notions concerning the moon’s effect on the mind.


(formerly) any severe mental illness
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His education continued at Drum, a picture magazine aimed at a black African audience, where he did small stories on "the light and dark sides of daily life in South Africa," showing the difficulties and lunacies of the country's racial policies, and the grace and spirit that existed in the black community there despite them.