Definition of nutcase in English:


(also nut case)


  • A crazy or foolish person.

    • ‘Far too much airtime is given to nutcases like him.’
    • ‘Before I had the baby, I was completely oblivious to a whole new realm of nutcases in society: random strangers who want to touch other peoples' babies.’
    • ‘In light of the zealots on the other side I decided that it was best to interpret the bill of rights as literally as possible or risk having these nutcases fool around with the fundamentals.’
    • ‘The short version is that her parents were nutcases who treated her awfully; she ‘freaked out’ at age 11, ending up in a mental hospital.’
    • ‘And that was the central argument of the first wave of books about Eichmann; that the guy's basically a weirdo, a pervert, a nutcase.’
    • ‘By paying a huge ransom to the kidnappers, he merely added incentive to the nutcases to kidnap others; he raised the risks for the hundreds of British, among others, who are struggling to help rebuild the country.’
    • ‘For ever and ever the trendies, the sophisticates and the beautiful people have painted us on the right side of politics as boring squares, joyless fanatics, religious nutcases, and monoethnic bigots.’
    • ‘Or in some cases, they were just complete borderline nutcases with sociopathic tendencies.’
    • ‘Popular entertainment has proved a useful tool in reinforcing damaging stereotypes about single, working women as desperate nutcases who use the workplace as little more than a hunting ground for husbands.’
    • ‘How dare the ITC even consider for a moment allowing the utter screaming nutcases who sell the awful lie of religious deliverance from such suffering to do so legally and publicly to people so weak they might just believe it?’
    • ‘No, I think there are a lot of nutcases out there.’
    • ‘The best part is that when we do have a change of government, that government will be able to function without having to pander to the nutcases in the ‘middle parties’.’
    • ‘Neil Pickup would probably not welcome the reference: ‘People want to portray us as nutcases or beer-swilling madmen and the sport as just a pub game with no skill or no strength.’
    • ‘The dismissive reaction of the Catholic Church spokesman - ‘God save us from nutcases like this’ - turned public opinion to her side.’
    • ‘When extreme ascetism was in vogue in the patristic period you had nutcases like Phibionites outside the Church and watered down nuts for ascetism like Tertullian within (till he left).’
    • ‘Alfred Nobel's discovery that nitroglycerine could be stabilised in paste was a boon to revolutionaries, assassins, dissidents and nutcases everywhere.’
    • ‘Now, these guys are admittedly anti-war nutcases.’
    • ‘I hate to be one of those whack-job state's rights nutcases, but here I go: I think my tax money should go to our local wading pools instead of subsidizing television stations in other states.’
    • ‘The volume is a treasure-chest of nutcases, including poor Delia Bacon, who spent decades of her life, her sanity and a small fortune trying to prove that Shakespeare's works were written by her namesake Francis.’
    • ‘It's hard to keep track of all the neocon nutcases that populate this administration's foreign policy shop, but this guy ranks up there with the worst.’
    madman, madwoman, maniac, lunatic
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