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

2a : excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm a mania for saving things often used in combination

b : the object of such enthusiasm His current mania is football.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for mania


aberration, dementia, derangement, insanity, lunacy, madness, rage [archaic]


mind, saneness, sanity

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Examples of mania in a Sentence

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

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Case in point is UMD x Opening Ceremony’s crewneck sweater, which is customizable down to every single thread, and furthermore is suited to that special someone who is in step with the monogram-mania mood in fashion now. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Nothing But Custom: The Best Monogrammed Holiday Gift Ideas of the Season," 13 Nov. 2018 Both mania and hypomania elevate a person’s mood and energy levels, which can translate into behavior changes. Korin Miller, SELF, "What’s the Difference Between Bipolar I and Bipolar II?," 12 Oct. 2018 Betting on cryptocurrency to turn the tide for an aging product, by mixing hype with nostalgia, might have worked for some companies last year and early this year at the height of coin mania. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Line will give users its own cryptocurrency to buy stickers and webtoons," 31 Aug. 2018 And, in a day and age in which the fashion world is experiencing total logo-mania, there has never seemed a better time to introduce another into the mix. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Burberry Changes Its Logo Under Riccardo Tisci’s Creative Direction," 2 Aug. 2018 The Fake British Royal Wedding Expert Amid all the mania of royal wedding 2.0, one British man — Thomas J. Mace-Archer-Mills, Esq. — emerged as a regular commentator on and defender of the monarchy. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "6 Incredible Scammers You Need to Know," 31 May 2018 Start your planting now to enter the zucchini mania contest taking place on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for largest zucchini, weirdest shaped zucchini and best zucchini baked good. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 10 July 2018 Coinbase is one of Silicon Valley’s fastest-growing young firms and by far the most prominent business to emerge from the mania around crypto-currencies. The Economist, "A disciplined startup emerges from the Wild West of crypto-currency," 28 June 2018 But recent research suggests the bubble was fueled by more than mass mania. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Bitcoin Hits New 2018 Low Amid Shaken Investor Confidence," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of mania

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mania

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

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ma·​nia | \ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\

Kids Definition of mania

: extreme enthusiasm sports mania


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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