mania Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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 us   /ˈmeɪ·ni·ə/

mania noun (STRONG INTEREST)

[C] a ​unusuallystrong and ​continuinginterest in an ​activity or ​subject: He was ​surprised by his wife’s ​sudden mania for ​exercise.

mania noun (MENTAL ILLNESS)

[U] medical a ​mentalillness that ​causes a ​person to be in a ​state of ​extremephysical and ​mentalactivity
(Definition of mania from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mania" in British English

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manianoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈmeɪ.ni.ə/

mania noun [C or U] (STRONG INTEREST)

disapproving a very ​stronginterest in something that ​fills a person's ​mind or uses up all ​theirtime: So why ​yoursudden mania forexercise? The ​articledescribes the religious mania that is ​sweeping the US

mania noun [C or U] (MENTAL ILLNESS)

a ​state in which someone ​directs all ​theirattention to one ​particular thing: Van Gogh ​suffered from ​acutepersecution mania. She's always ​cleaning - it's like a mania with her. specialized psychology a ​state of ​extremephysical and ​mentalactivity, often ​involving a ​loss of ​judgment and ​periods of ​euphoria


uk   us   /-meɪ.ni.ə/
a very ​stronginterest in the ​stated thing, ​especially among a ​largegroup of ​people: Beatle-mania ​sweptBritain in the 1960s.
(Definition of mania from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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