mania[mā′nē ə, mān′yə]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Classical Greek 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 A manifestation of bipolar disorder, marked usually by high energy, racing thoughts, irritability, and rapid speech.
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.