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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Indeed, if the mania surrounding Marie Kondo and her now famous (or infamous) KonMari method is any indication, there is life-changing magic in organizing your space. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Professional Organizer," 29 Mar. 2019 The Mariners escaped the saguaros of Arizona and the mania of Ichiro’s retirement in Japan to christen their magenta-adorned, renamed T-Mobile Park in chilly Seattle on Monday. Tj Cotterill, The Seattle Times, "Mariners can’t escape Padres’ bats as Mike Leake gets hammered 8-0 in exhibition game," 25 Mar. 2019 In other words, everything was in place for Pan Am’s moon mania. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "When Pan Am Promised To Fly Us To the Moon," 28 Feb. 2019 Particularly hard hit have been those who got swept up in the mania just before what skeptics ranging from Jamie Dimon to Nouriel Roubini have labeled as one of the biggest asset bubbles in history began showing signs of deflating. Fortune, "Bitcoin Newbies Are Getting Crushed," 3 Feb. 2018 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

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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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