a combining form of mania (megalomania); extended to mean “enthusiasm, often of an extreme and transient nature,” for that specified by the initial element (bibliomania).

Nearby words

  1. -lytic,
  2. -lyze,
  3. -machy,
  4. -man,
  5. -mancy,
  6. -manship,
  7. -mantic,
  8. -mas,
  9. -masted,
  10. -meal

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British Dictionary definitions for -mania


n combining form

indicating extreme desire or pleasure of a specified kind or an abnormal excitement aroused by somethingkleptomania; nymphomania; pyromania
Derived Forms-maniac, adj combining form, n combining form

Word Origin for -mania

from mania

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Medicine definitions for -mania



An abnormal compulsion or an extreme love for:pyromania.

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