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mania Syllabification: ma·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˈmānēə/

Definition of mania in English:


1Mental illness marked by periods of great excitement, euphoria, delusions, and overactivity.
Example sentences
  • When these types break down they tend to develop either hysteria or mania.
  • In two striking chapters he describes an episode of acute mania and how his manic depression affects his life.
  • And so what you're indicating there is that there are degrees of mania when it comes to manic depression.
1.1An excessive enthusiasm or desire; an obsession: he had a mania for automobiles
More example sentences
  • Like fashion and distinct from both fads and crazes, manias tend to develop by spreading downward through the social strata.
  • Whether it is a mania for the latest hot rock star singer, or a mania to buy a financial asset, manias have truly exerted their influence for centuries.
  • There will be gold rushes, booms, and manias aplenty in our future.
obsession, compulsion, fixation, fetish, fascination, preoccupation, infatuation, passion, enthusiasm, desire, urge, craving;
informal thing, yen


Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek, literally 'madness', from mainesthai 'be mad'.

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