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


aberration, derangement, insanity, lunacy, madness


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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And Ronaldo mania is in full swing in Turin, with enterprising businessmen not missing the opportunity to celebrate the occasion and cash in on the arrival of the Portugal forward. Daniella Matar,, "Ronaldo mania inspires 'CR7' ice cream, pizza," 13 July 2018 Royalist mania transcends traditional political divisions in the United States. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 Bitcoin mania has brought awareness of cryptocurrencies into the mainstream, yet many potential investors are holding out, along with big institutions that are active in traditional securities on Wall Street. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Bitcoin Futures Killed the Bitcoin Rally (and Will Keep It from Returning), Economists Say," 2 July 2018 Sure, the mania is exciting, but nothing will compare to the electricity permeating Chicago when the Bulls began the first of their championship runs in 1991. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Sports Former Chicago Bulls guard Craig Hodges was dropped in 1992 for suspicious reasons," 4 June 2018 As royal wedding mania dwindled in the hours following the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle -- now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex -- Saturday Night Live put its own spin on the union across the pond. Allison Crist, Billboard, "'SNL': Mikey Day Introduces Guests at Royal Wedding Reception as Prince Harry," 20 May 2018 While royal baby mania broke out in London, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent Monday morning at a decidedly more serious event. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Attending a Memorial for the Victim of a Racially Motivated Hate Crime, Break New Political Ground for the Palace," 23 Apr. 2018 Milestone mania struck women’s college lacrosse last week as three coaches, including Towson’s Sonia LaMonica, reached significant career achievements. Katherine Dunn,, "Women's lacrosse notebook: Towson's LaMonica coaches 100th career win while others hit 500, 300," 29 Mar. 2018 Mueller mania lets Republicans off the hook None of this is to deny the unique significance of Mueller and his investigation. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Donald Trump’s threat to the rule of law is much bigger than Robert Mueller," 19 Mar. 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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ma·nia | \ ˈmā-nē-ə , -nyə \

Kids Definition of mania

: extreme enthusiasm sports mania


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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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