from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire; a craze: a mania for neatness.
- n. Psychiatry A manifestation of bipolar disorder, characterized by profuse and rapidly changing ideas, exaggerated sexuality, gaiety, or irritability, and decreased sleep.
- n. Violent abnormal behavior. See Synonyms at insanity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Violent derangement of mind; madness; insanity.
- n. Excessive or unreasonable desire; insane passion affecting one or many people; fanaticism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Violent derangement of mind; madness; insanity. Cf. delirium.
- n. Excessive or unreasonable desire; insane passion affecting one or many people.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any form or phase of insanity with exaltation of spirits and rapidity of mental action; specifically, a psychoneurosis with these as the fundamental features.
- n. An eager, uncontrolled, or uncontrollable desire: as, a mania for drink; in colloquial use, a “rage” or craze for something: as, a mania for first editions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently
- n. an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
Middle English, madness, from Late Latin, from Greek maniā; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mania, from Ancient Greek μανία (mania, "madness"). (Wiktionary)