- An example of a mania is a feeling of excitement and joy that quickly sinks to depression.
- An example of a mania is an obsession with a specific person; a mania for George Clooney.
The definition of mania is a violent mental disorder that is part of bipolar disorder where a person becomes very active and feels very happy and excited, or a craving or obsession.
- wild or violent mental disorder; specif., the manic phase of bipolar affective disorder, characterized generally by abnormal excitability, exaggerated feelings of well-being, flight of ideas, excessive activity, etc.
- an excessive, persistent enthusiasm, liking, craving, or interest; obsession; craze: a mania for dancing
Origin of maniaMiddle English from Late Latin from Gr, madness from mainesthai, to rage from Indo-European base an unverified form men-, to think, be mentally excited from source mind
- a (specified) type of mental disorder characterized by an abnormal preoccupation, compulsion, etc.: pyromania
- a continuing, intense enthusiasm, craving, or liking for (a specified thing): bibliomania
Origin of -maniasee mania
- An excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire: a mania for neatness; a dance mania.
- Psychiatry An abnormal psychological state characterized by symptoms such as elation, high energy and activity level, racing thoughts, irritability, and rapid speech, typically occurring in people with bipolar disorder.
Origin of maniaMiddle English madness from Late Latin from Greek maniā ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
An exaggerated desire or enthusiasm for: balletomania.
Origin of -maniaFrom mania
Often used with the interfix -o- to ease pronunciation.