Meaning of “mania” in the English Dictionary

"mania" in English

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manianoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈmeɪ.ni.ə/ us /ˈmeɪ.ni.ə/


uk / -meɪ.ni.ə/ us / -meɪ.ni.ə/

a very strong interest in the stated thing, especially among a large group of people:

Beatle-mania swept Britain in the 1960s.

(Definition of “mania” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mania" in American English

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us /ˈmeɪ·ni·ə/

mania noun (STRONG INTEREST)

[ C ] a unusually strong and continuing interest in an activity or subject:

He was surprised by his wife’s sudden mania for exercise.

mania noun (MENTAL ILLNESS)

[ U ] medical a mental illness that causes a person to be in a state of extreme physical and mental activity

(Definition of “mania” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)