mania

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

noun

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

Definition for mania (2 of 3)

Mania

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

noun

an ancient Roman goddess of the dead.

Definition for mania (3 of 3)

-mania


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).
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British Dictionary definitions for mania (1 of 2)

mania

/ (ˈmeɪnɪə) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for mania (2 of 2)

-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 (1 of 2)

mania

[ mānē-ə, mānyə ]

n.

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

Medicine definitions for mania (2 of 2)

-mania


suff.

An abnormal compulsion or an extreme love for:pyromania.
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Culture definitions for mania

mania

[ (may-nee-uh) ]

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

Note

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