[mey-nee-uh, meyn-yuh]


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

Nearby words

  1. manhood,
  2. manhood suffrage,
  3. manhunt,
  4. mani,
  5. mani-pedi,
  6. maniac,
  7. maniacal,
  8. manic,
  9. manic depression,
  10. manic disorder

Origin of mania

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hypermania



psychol a condition of extreme mania



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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Word Origin and History for hypermania



late 14c., "mental derangement characterized by excitement and delusion," from Late Latin mania "insanity, madness," from Greek mania "madness, frenzy; enthusiasm, inspired frenzy; mad passion, fury," related to mainesthai "to rage, go mad," mantis "seer," menos "passion, spirit," all from PIE *men- "to think, to have one's mind aroused, rage, be furious" (see mind (n.)). Sense of "fad, craze" is 1680s, from French manie in this sense. Sometimes nativized in Middle English as manye. Used since 1500s (in imitation of Greek) as the second element in compounds expressing particular types of madness (cf. nymphomania, 1775; kleptomania, 1830; megalomania, 1890).

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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



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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