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mania

noun ma·nia \ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\

: mental illness in which a person becomes very emotional or excited

: extreme enthusiasm for something that is usually shared by many people

Full Definition of MANIA

1
:  excitement manifested by mental and physical hyperactivity, disorganization of behavior, and elevation of mood; specifically :  the manic phase of bipolar disorder
2
a :  excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm <a mania for saving things> —often used in combination
b :  the object of such enthusiasm

Examples of MANIA

  1. She would typically experience a period of mania and then suddenly become deeply depressed.
  2. The entire city has been gripped by baseball mania.

Origin of MANIA

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from mainesthai to be mad; akin to Greek menos spirit — more at mind
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal
MANIA Defined for Kids

mania

noun ma·nia \ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\

Definition of MANIA for Kids

:  extreme enthusiasm <sports mania>
Medical Dictionary

mania

noun ma·nia \ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\

Medical Definition of MANIA

:  excitement of psychotic proportions manifested by mental and physical hyperactivity, disorganization of behavior, and elevation of mood; specifically :  the manic phase of bipolar disorder

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