- excessive excitement or enthusiasm; craze: The country has a mania for soccer.
- Psychiatry. manic disorder.
Origin of mania
- an ancient Roman goddess of the dead.
- 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).
Related Words for maniacraziness, fascination, lunacy, rage, passion, frenzy, craze, enthusiasm, dementia, obsession, craving, fad, infatuation, desire, bee, partiality, aberration, hang-up, furor, fancy
Examples from the Web for mania
Contemporary Examples of mania
Hours after these reports, one of which I published, the mania was in full swing.Ebola Panic Is Worse Than the Disease
October 9, 2014
If you want to predict trends in America, whether in politics or products, World Cup mania should serve as a wake-up call.Ann Coulter Doesn’t Get the Real Reasons Behind America’s World Cup Mania
Kristen Soltis Anderson
July 1, 2014
The more important smell test is one of tone: that cocktail of cleverness, warmth, and mania that marked the Henson years.Bad Jokes and Silent Kids: How You Know Something Is Very Wrong With Muppets Most Wanted
March 28, 2014
With billions in sales, crashed online servers, and a bestselling soundtrack, ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ mania is upon us.The ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Phenomenon: Billions in Sales, Crashed Servers, and a Flashy Concert
October 2, 2013
The debt ceiling is approaching, and Washington is in the grips of another round of mania.Oh Look, There Goes the Deficit
September 14, 2013
Historical Examples of mania
Not only that, but you have a mania for insisting that other men drink with you.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
I have a mania, by no means always gratified,––to be out of doors.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
People ceased paying attention to it, it was a mania of his so he had declared.L'Assommoir
But her own devotion increased until it at last became a mania.Doctor Pascal
He was an enthusiastic cyclist, and speed was a mania with him.The Age of Invention
- 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
- indicating extreme desire or pleasure of a specified kind or an abnormal excitement aroused by somethingkleptomania; nymphomania; pyromania
Word Origin for -mania
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).
- A manifestation of bipolar disorder characterized by profuse and rapidly changing ideas, exaggerated gaiety, and excessive physical activity.
- An abnormal compulsion or an extreme love for:pyromania.
Violent, abnormal, or impulsive behavior. In psychological terms, mania is wild activity associated with manic depression.