Definition of mania in English:



  • 1Mental illness marked by periods of great excitement, euphoria, delusions, and overactivity.

    • ‘The result is extreme mood fluctuations that cycle between mania and depression.’
    • ‘Lithium carbonate is the primary treatment for bipolar disease, especially mania.’
    • ‘The story also illustrates the most radical difference between mania and hypomania.’
    • ‘The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression.’
    • ‘Chang said this indicates that mania is not what is fueling the creativity.’
    • ‘In two striking chapters he describes an episode of acute mania and how his manic depression affects his life.’
    • ‘The mania gave me energy and ideas, some of which were good and some of which were off the wall.’
    • ‘And so what you're indicating there is that there are degrees of mania when it comes to manic depression.’
    • ‘She just was having so many prolonged periods of depression, and mania, she wasn't producing.’
    • ‘When these types break down they tend to develop either hysteria or mania.’
    • ‘Valproic acid is a second line treatment for mania.’
    • ‘Since then, he has been a virtual recluse, dogged by rumours of mania and madness.’
    • ‘At that time there was no effective treatment for mania and she gradually recovered over a lengthy period.’
    madness, derangement, dementia, insanity, lunacy, dementedness, psychosis, schizophrenia, mental illness, delirium, frenzy, hysteria, raving, violence, wildness
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    1. 1.1An excessive enthusiasm or desire; an obsession.
      ‘he had a mania for automobiles’
      • ‘For some reason the urge for plastic surgery is becoming a mania world wide in both males and females.’
      • ‘Financial manias and panics have attracted economists concerned with the efficiency of asset markets.’
      • ‘In truth, the thugs merely use football as their excuse to indulge their mania for mindless violence.’
      • ‘Close friends always thought that his mania for publicity was connected with his illness.’
      • ‘Like fashion and distinct from both fads and crazes, manias tend to develop by spreading downward through the social strata.’
      • ‘These are technology-driven bubbles, not fad-fueled manias like tulips, or fraud like the South Sea scam.’
      • ‘America's mania for expensive bottled waters may be protecting hearts as it empties wallets.’
      • ‘Ofili has a mania for red, green and black, the colours of African unity, and by applying the oils and acrylics in dots he creates a beaded feel.’
      • ‘Those with a mania for tulips never let empty pockets sour a sale.’
      • ‘Some teachers suggest the problem is linked to a mania for safety outdoors which conditions people to avoid risks.’
      • ‘But when you look at the window display in any bookshop, do you sense a passion for literature, or a mania for marketing?’
      • ‘The histories of market manias and their ensuing panics all tell a similar story: manias give rise to frauds, manipulations and swindles and their unwinding contributes to the bursting of the bubble.’
      • ‘Whether it is a mania for the latest hot rock star singer, or a mania to buy a financial asset, manias have truly exerted their influence for centuries.’
      • ‘If the current mania surrounding the technology is anything to go by, they'll be everywhere.’
      • ‘And there is some dispute about whether events like the Asian crisis really constitute market manias and panics.’
      • ‘The significance of speculative manias is that they cause the buildup of debt and bad investments which creates slow growth.’
      • ‘When I moved into my retirement residence in 1997, I gave an illustrated talk on previous stock manias but was unable to convince anyone that another big boom and bust cycle was coming in our future.’
      • ‘Stories abound of the insanity that we remember as the 1990s stock mania.’
      • ‘There will be gold rushes, booms, and manias aplenty in our future.’
      • ‘Almost all manias, be they tulips, railways, Japanese real estate, have ended in busts.’
      obsession, compulsion, fixation, fetish, fascination, preoccupation, passion, enthusiasm, desire, urge, craving, craze, fad, rage
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Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek, literally madness from mainesthai be mad.