ma·​nia | \ ˈmā-nē-ə How to pronounce mania (audio) , -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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The last time bitcoin mania was at its peak was in December 2017 when the cryptocurrency hit $20,000. NBC News, "Bitcoin hits $20,000, an irresistible investment in an unstable economy," 16 Dec. 2020 The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade wouldn’t start until 1924, and Black Friday mania was decades away, but retailers were beginning to realize that the holiday shopping season could make or break their year. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "What the Pandemic Christmas of 1918 Looked Like," 14 Dec. 2020 Murder hornet mania Since Asian giant hornets were first observed in northwestern Washington State in late 2019, entomologists have been furiously working to prevent the species from becoming established, with some success. Douglas Main, Animals, "Honeybees found using tools, in a first—to repel giant hornet attacks," 9 Dec. 2020 Monday mania Monday night high school football – something that’s happened a lot this year – is always intriguing. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "5 Dallas-area football things to watch this week, including a last chance at some history as regular season play closes," 29 Nov. 2020 One Direction mania jumped across the pond and initiated a new era of boy band worship. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "'A Field Guide to Internet Boyfriends': Read the Harry Styles Excerpt," 10 Nov. 2020 Megaship mania took hold, and orders for ships even larger than Emma flooded Asian shipyards. Marc Levinson, WSJ, "The Megaships That Broke Global Trade," 22 Oct. 2020 The real question is whether or not the buying mania is ever really justified. Peter Dunn, USA TODAY, "Your newsfeed filled with posts of friends buying houses? Don't be fooled by low interests if you're not ready," 18 Oct. 2020 Quite where this mania comes from remains inherently mysterious. Rory Smith, New York Times, "On Empty Stages, Premier League Adds Substance to the Sales Pitch," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of mania was in the 14th century

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11 Jan 2021

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“Mania.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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ma·​nia | \ ˈmā-nē-ə How to pronounce mania (audio) , -nyə \

Kids Definition of mania

: extreme enthusiasm sports mania


ma·​nia | \ ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə How to pronounce mania (audio) \

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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