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 And over the last five years, the mania for white sage has become a global phenomenon with real consequences. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Common sense and a mania for systematization, logical thinking and ideological totalism, are constantly at war in the French character, as a belief in instant happiness and a paranoia about imaginary enemies are in the American. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 Some commentators have suggested that mania for Mirror is a welcome distraction from Hong Kong’s current political, social and COVID woes. Patrick Frater, Variety, 14 Mar. 2022 Erdogan has a longstanding mania for low interest rates, and has replaced three central bank governors in the last two years to get his way. David Meyer, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2021 Although the film, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and written by Zach Baylin, doesn’t make a big point of it, Richard’s mania for success is clearly racially motivated. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Nov. 2021 Earlier this year, Viktor Shvets, a managing director at Macquarie, told the Odd Lots podcast the next financial crisis could originate in the mania for cryptocurrencies. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 This was more a financial speculation frenzy than a pure mania for the bulb itself, but there had to be something alluring about the tulip to have caused such a ruinous bubble. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Jubilee mania has spilled over into the food sector — perhaps not surprising given that street parties, picnics and pub revelry will be a big part of the celebrations. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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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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