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 His mother, in a fit of mania, once bought a Cadillac and paid a dentist to remove all her teeth, then drove home drugged and beaming a terrifying new smile. Evan Allen,, 30 Dec. 2021 By this light, the president’s deification is not the strange mania of easy marks, keen to be hoodwinked by a trashy gratifying huckster. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 6 Dec. 2021 There’s been a real mania about cyber intelligence, and a lot of emphasis on information sharing. Collin Eaton, WSJ, 12 July 2021 Once Cartersville went undefeated in Lawrence’s sophomore year, there was no stopping Trevor mania. Gene Frenette, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2021 And this is not the 17th century Dutch Tulip mania. Marc Gerstein, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 The last time there was a similar chess mania was in 1972 after Bobby Fischer, an American, beat Boris Spassky, a Russian, to become world champion. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2020 But beyond that speculative mania, a growing contingent of the tech industry’s best and brightest sees a transformational moment that comes along once every few decades and rewards those who spot the seismic shift before the rest of the world. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Presenting Beanie Mania, a new Max original doc that promises to depict the epic highs and lows of high school football 90’s toy mania, all to a Fatboy Slim soundtrack. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 15 Dec. 2021

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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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23 Jan 2022

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“Mania.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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