mania

noun
ma·​nia | \ ˈmā-nē-ə, -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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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 Some medications for bipolar disorder can treat mania, hypomania, and depression, while other drugs only treat certain episode types or combinations. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You to Know," 12 Dec. 2018 In the blog post, Laura describes a wide range of symptoms, from hiding congratulations cards to sleepless nights to mania, anxiety attacks, and thoughts of suicide . Emily Wang, Glamour, "Adele Wrote a Touching Post About Her Best Friend’s Postpartum Psychosis Recovery," 14 Aug. 2018 After a spate of accounting fraud during Britain’s railway mania, investors turned to professional accountants to do the job. The Economist, "What is an audit for?," 26 May 2018 At the news that Chopra was engaged to the youngest Jonas Brother—and when photos surfaced of the couple’s roka engagement ceremony in Mumbai, showing the onetime teen idol in a kurta-pajama—a kind of mania broke out. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "When Priyanka Met Nick: A Love Story," 29 Nov. 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, -nyə\

Kids Definition of mania

: extreme enthusiasm sports mania

mania

noun
ma·​nia | \ ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə \

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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