[ mey-nee-uh, meyn-yuh ]
/ ˈmeɪ ni ə, ˈmeɪn yə /


excessive excitement or enthusiasm; craze: The country has a mania for soccer.
Psychiatry. manic disorder.

Origin of mania

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek manía madness; akin to maenad, mind

Related forms

hy·per·ma·ni·a, nounsub·ma·ni·a, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for hypermania (1 of 2)


/ (ˌhaɪpəˈmeɪnɪə) /


psychol a condition of extreme mania

British Dictionary definitions for hypermania (2 of 2)


/ (ˈmeɪnɪə) /


a mental disorder characterized by great excitement and occasionally violent behaviourSee also manic-depressive
an obsessional enthusiasm or partialitya mania for mushrooms

Word Origin for mania

C14: via Late Latin from Greek: madness
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Medicine definitions for hypermania


[ mānē-ə, mānyə ]


A manifestation of bipolar disorder characterized by profuse and rapidly changing ideas, exaggerated gaiety, and excessive physical activity.
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Culture definitions for hypermania


[ (may-nee-uh) ]

Violent, abnormal, or impulsive behavior. In psychological terms, mania is wild activity associated with manic depression.


A “mania” in popular terms is an intense enthusiasm or craze.
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