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 mania propelled Popeyes sales in the third quarter up 15.6 percent to $1.1 billion, according to parent company Restaurant Brands International last month. William Thornton |, al, "The Alabama connection to Popeye’s chicken sandwich," 6 Nov. 2019 American sports are so relentlessly driven by statistics, analytics, predictions, and down-to-the-decimal quality rankings that when a genuine aberration appears on the field, there seems to be nothing else to do but descend into mania. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "Gardner Minshew Will Convince You," 24 Oct. 2019 Still, the mania around all that’s transpired over the last handful of weeks makes sense. Wired, "Depth of Field: LeBron Will Be LeBron, But NBA Will Always Put Business First," 17 Oct. 2019 Even Kim Kardashian has recently taken the plunge into bob-mania. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez Has a Sleek, Blonde Bob — Again," 30 Sep. 2019 Ever more recklessness fuelled the upward march of prices, until the mania could no longer be sustained. The Economist, "Repo-market ructions were a reminder of the financial crisis," 26 Sep. 2019 The show, directed by Lonny Price, is also quietly insightful, making piquant connections between Shakespeare’s drama of political powerlust and the consumerist mania of our own fast-food culture. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Double, Double, Burger and Trouble in ‘Scotland, PA’," 23 Oct. 2019 Logan’s rarely seen brother, Ewan Roy, acts as an unseen force, driving Logan’s mania for acquiring PGM, the reputable, Pulitzer prize-winning company owned by the Pierce family and Ewan’s preferred news outlet. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "A therapist’s take on what “Succession” gets painfully right about power and family," 21 Sep. 2019 Public markets aren’t paragons of rationality, with the wisdom of the crowd repeatedly giving way to the mania of the mob. Washington Post, "Energy’s Dumb Money May Be Wising Up," 14 Aug. 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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3 Dec 2019

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“Mania.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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