lunatic


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lunatic

1. an archaic word for insane
2. a person who is insane
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"Your excellency, the superintendent of the lunatic asylum has come: what are your commands?"
I didn't know how to go about satisfying it, because I knew that the testimony of men wouldn't serve -- my reason would say they were lunatics, and throw out their evidence.
I made up my mind to two things: if it was still the nineteenth century and I was among lunatics and couldn't get away, I would presently boss that asylum or know the reason why; and if, on the other hand, it was really the sixth century, all right, I didn't want any softer thing: I would boss the whole country inside of three months; for I judged I would have the start of the best-educated man in the kingdom by a matter of thirteen hundred years and upward.
His behaviour here for the first time seemed to denote the hopeless lunatic. He swung his long arms backward and forwards, cracking his fingers, and talked unintelligibly to himself, hoarse, guttural murmurings without sense or import.
Rochester flung me behind him: the lunatic sprang and grappled his throat viciously, and laid her teeth to his cheek: they struggled.
The morning had been a quiet morning enough--all except the brief scene with the lunatic: the transaction in the church had not been noisy; there was no explosion of passion, no loud altercation, no dispute, no defiance or challenge, no tears, no sobs: a few words had been spoken, a calmly pronounced objection to the marriage made; some stern, short questions put by Mr.
John Seward, the lunatic asylum man, with the strong jaw and the good forehead.
Here was a man, neither bitter nor cynical, who laughed at the city-dwellers and called them lunatics; a man who did not care for money, and in whom the lust for power had long since died.
I only wish all the drunkards could be put in a lunatic asylum instead of being allowed to run foul of sober people.
Among the deputations of all kinds which assailed him, that of "The Lunatics" were careful not to forget what they owed to the future conqueror of the moon.
The former Never Mind the Buzzcocks presenter, 39, danced "like a lunatic" while high on the psychedelic drug ayahuasca last month, prompting guffawing from his "healers", who were overseeing the spiritual experience.
Angus McPhee's photograph and patient notes, which were recorded when he was locked up in a Victorian lunatic asylum, are featured at the event organised by the National Records of Scotland.