Definition of mania noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmeɪniə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪniə//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular, uncountable] mania (for something/for doing something) an extremely strong desire or enthusiasm for something, often shared by a lot of people at the same time synonym craze He had a mania for fast cars. Football mania is sweeping the country. The violence of the crowd can only be explained as a sign of some collective mania. This is another example of Hollywood’s new mania for ghost movies.
  2. 2[uncountable] (psychology) a mental illness in which somebody has an obsession about something that makes them extremely anxious, violent or confused She was diagnosed as suffering from persecution mania.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via late Latin from Greek, literally ‘madness’, from mainesthai ‘be mad’.
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