mania

noun ma·nia \ ˈmā-nē-ə , -nyə \

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
  • His current mania is football.

Examples of mania in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of mania

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from mainesthai to be mad; akin to Greek menos spirit — more at mind


MANIA Defined for Kids

mania

noun ma·nia \ ˈmā-nē-ə , -nyə \

Definition of mania for Students

: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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