mania

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for mania

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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And someone experiencing a mixed mood episode would have persistent symptoms of mania and depression at the same time. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 Main culprits in this goose egg mania, of course, are Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, who have combined to win nine of the first 14 races. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Kyle Larson roars into his best NASCAR track with three-race winning streak at Michigan," 7 June 2018 Franchise bloat, reboot mania, award-season solemnity... Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Why Netflix's High Flying Bird Feels Like The Future of Movies," 8 Feb. 2019 Cryptocurrency has been compared to the seventeenth-century Dutch tulip mania, when tulip bulbs sold at outrageous prices, completely divorced from their intrinsic value, until the market inevitably collapsed. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "A Sidelined Wall Street Legend Bets on Bitcoin," 10 Apr. 2018 Forget melancholy; with way too much happening onstage at all times, there is only mania here. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway,’ This Time in Song," 5 July 2018 That was the mania, streaming across the screen in pyrotechnic spurts of phrase. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "The 'Bipolar Rock 'N' Roller' calls some of combat sports' biggest events. But his real fight is against the stigma of mental illness," 23 May 2018 If someone is already in a full mania/hypomania or depression, medication is needed to treat symptoms. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You to Know," 12 Dec. 2018 This week’s Mega Millions mania broke records for sales and jackpots. Jonathan D. Cohen, Vox, "How lottery money helped build the United States," 24 Oct. 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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mania

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

Kids Definition of mania

: extreme enthusiasm sports mania

mania

noun
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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