Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “mania”

mania

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈmeɪ.ni.ə/ us  

mania noun [C or U] (STRONG INTEREST)

disapproving a very strong interest in something that fills a person's mind or uses up all their time: So why your sudden mania for exercise? The article describes the religious mania that is sweeping the US.

mania noun [C or U] (MENTAL ILLNESS)

a state in which someone directs all their attention to one particular thing: Van Gogh suffered from acute persecution mania. She's always cleaning - it's like a mania with her. specialized psychology a state of extreme physical and mental activity, often involving a loss of judgment and periods of euphoria
(Definition of mania noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of mania?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Mental & psychiatric disorders, but you might be interested in these topics from the Psychology, psychiatry, & psychoanalysis topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “mania”

Definitions of “mania” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

dawn on sb

If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it.

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More