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


aberration, dementia, derangement, insanity, lunacy, madness, rage [archaic]


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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Leave it to the refreshingly candid Lilly to pump the breaks on remake-mania. Dalton Ross,, "Evangeline Lilly does not want a Lost reboot," 7 June 2019 The mood inside the White House in recent days has verged on mania, as Trump increasingly keeps his own counsel and senior aides struggle to determine the gradations between rumor and truth... Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Hensarling eager to put his stamp on Senate banking bill," 16 Mar. 2018 The jingle that really kicked off decades of jingle mania was Pepsi’s in 1939, according to Tim Taylor, author of The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The story behind the best-known local jingle in America," 8 Aug. 2019 Remember at the height of bitcoin mania in late 2017 when small-cap stock Long Island Iced Tea Corp. changed its name to Long Blockchain, sending its share price up almost 300%? Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why the Tech Stock Party Keeps Rolling On—Data Sheet," 26 July 2019 And The Dallas Morning News reflected that obsession in the July 21, 1969, issue, with a Monday front cover solely devoted to the landing and a hefty eight inside pages chock full of space mania. Dallas News, "'Something good for a change:' How Dallas celebrated the moon landing," 18 July 2019 Sure, the song was a shave away from landing in the most tubular decade, but Weird Al mania was in full swing during the ’80s. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The best '80s pop culture references in Stranger Things season 3," 6 July 2019 Publix sub mania is in full stampede mode, with the supermarket running one of its sporadic $5.99-for-any-sub promotions through June 19. Michael Mayo,, "Publix subs are good (but not with chicken tenders). These are better. Our critic rates local sub shops.," 13 June 2019 After the one-hour flight from Santiago to La Serena (also in the path of totality), drive another hour to Vicuña, the epicenter of eclipse mania. Valerie Stimac, National Geographic, "A solar eclipse is coming this summer. Here’s where to see it.," 3 May 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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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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