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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The idea to transform to a lobster mania is based on Hussey and Herrold's travel to the East Coast. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Birmingham eatery transforming into lobster shack for the summer," 11 July 2019 Merger mania continued to have an impact as well, with Genesee & Wyoming jumping on a go-private deal and Symantec soaring on a report of a deal. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Berkshire Hathaway, Nike, Micron: Stocks That Defined the Week," 5 July 2019 Spice mania hit internationally and Sherwood was far from the only prepubescent fan wearing out copies of the band's Spice and Spice World CDs on their Discmans and the pure camp 1997 movie Spice World on VHS. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Spotlight: Spice Girls Stage Designer Jason Sherwood on Creating a 'Nostalgic Glitter Bomb of a Party'," 18 June 2019 Apparently, Kate Middleton is as swept up in Thrones mania as the rest of us. Abby Gardner, Allure, "You Have to See Kate Middleton's Game of Thrones-Inspired Braid," 21 May 2019 Apparently, Kate Middleton is just as swept up in Thrones mania as the rest of us. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kate Middleton's Latest Hairstyle Looks Like It's Straight Out of Game of Thrones," 20 May 2019 The height of heels today is as ridiculous as Marie Antoinette’s wigs, a form of tulip-mania although far more painful and potentially harmful. Foot fetishism, anyone? Vogue, "Read the Funny, Fearless Judith Krantz on Dressing at 70 in Vogue," 24 June 2019 In this century, and moment, of mania, / Tell me a story. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Outlaw World of Deadwood," 6 June 2019 Both can treat schizophrenia and bipolar mania, but only atypical antipsychotics can be used to treat bipolar depression as well, the NIMH says. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019

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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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