Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.