Latent vs Lunatic - What's the difference?

latent | lunatic |


As adjectives the difference between latent and lunatic

is that latent is existing or present but concealed or inactive while lunatic is crazed, mad, insane, demented.

As a noun lunatic is

an insane person.

latent

English

Adjective

(-)
  • Existing or present but concealed or inactive.
  • * 2008 July 2, Joe Palca, “Scientists Make Herpes Breakthrough”, abstract, All Things Considered , National Public Radio
  • Those infected with a herpes virus are infected for life. That’s because the virus goes "latent ." Sometimes, it awakes from its slumber, producing painful illnesses.

    Synonyms

    *(concealed) hidden, invisible *(inactive) dormant

    Antonyms

    *(concealed) apparent, patent, visible

    Anagrams

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    lunatic

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An insane person.
  • Synonyms

    * (l) * See also

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • crazed, mad, insane, demented
  • Synonyms

    * crazed, insane, mad, demented, maniacal, psychotic, crazed; see also