[mey-nee-uh, meyn-yuh]

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek manía madness; akin to maenad, mind

hypermania, noun
submania, noun Unabridged


[mey-nee-uh, meyn-yuh]
an ancient Roman goddess of the dead.


a combining form of mania (megalomania ); extended to mean “enthusiasm, often of an extreme and transient nature,” for that specified by the initial element (bibliomania ). Unabridged
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mania (ˈmeɪnɪə)
1.  See also manic depression a mental disorder characterized by great excitement and occasionally violent behaviour
2.  an obsessional enthusiasm or partiality: a mania for mushrooms
[C14: via Late Latin from Greek: madness]

n combining form
indicating extreme desire or pleasure of a specified kind or an abnormal excitement aroused by something: kleptomania; nymphomania; pyromania
[from mania]
adj combining form, —n combining form

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "mental derangement characterized by excitement and delusion," from L.L. mania "insanity, madness," from Gk. mania "madness," related to mainesthai "to rage, go mad," mantis "seer," menos "passion, spirit," all from PIE *men- "to think, to have one's mind aroused, rage, be furious" (see
mind (n.)). Sense of "fad, craze" is 1689, from Fr. manie. Used since 1500s (in imitation of Gk.) as the second element in compounds expressing particular types of madness (cf. nymphomania, 1775; kleptomania, 1830; megalomania, 1890).
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Medical Dictionary

mania ma·ni·a (mā'nē-ə, mān'yə)
A manifestation of bipolar disorder characterized by profuse and rapidly changing ideas, exaggerated gaiety, and excessive physical activity.

-mania suff.
An abnormal compulsion or an extreme love for: pyromania.

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Cultural Dictionary
mania [(may-nee-uh)]

Violent, abnormal, or impulsive behavior. In psychological terms, mania is wild activity associated with manic depression.

Note: A “mania” in popular terms is an intense enthusiasm or craze.
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in psychiatric terminology, any abnormal or unusual state of excitement, as in the manic phase of bipolar disorder.

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Example sentences for mania
Logomania is the medical condition and mania with underlying symptom logorrhoea.
The linguistic origins of mania, however, are not so clearcut.
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