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mania

[ mey-nee-uh, meyn-yuh ]SEE DEFINITION OF mania

Synonyms for mania

  • craving
  • craze
  • craziness
  • dementia
  • enthusiasm
  • fad
  • fascination
  • frenzy
  • infatuation
  • lunacy
  • obsession
  • passion
  • rage
  • aberration
  • bee
  • bug
  • compulsion
  • delirium
  • derangement
  • desire
  • disorder
  • fancy
  • fetish
  • furor
  • grabber
  • hang-up
  • insanity
  • monomania
  • partiality
  • preoccupation
  • thing
  • tiger
  • ax to grind
  • bee in bonnet
  • bug in ear
  • fixed idea
  • idée fixe
  • on the brain
  • tiger by the tail
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Antonyms for mania

  • calmness
  • dislike
  • hate
  • indifference
  • balance
  • conformity
  • hatred
  • soundness
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MANIA

Not only that, but you have a mania for insisting that other men drink with you.

I have a mania, by no means always gratified,––to be out of doors.

People ceased paying attention to it, it was a mania of his so he had declared.

But her own devotion increased until it at last became a mania.

He was an enthusiastic cyclist, and speed was a mania with him.

I developed a mania for asserting my power and getting myself talked about.

The Germans, as a Frenchman wittily remarked, are born with the mania of annexation.

Owing to this mania, his flock were forgotten, and came to forget him.

Alienists declare that almost every man and woman has some hobby or mania.

Better to end all the danger of that by removing himself from the reach of mania or shame.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "mental derangement characterized by excitement and delusion," from Late Latin mania "insanity, madness," from Greek mania "madness, frenzy; enthusiasm, inspired frenzy; mad passion, fury," related to mainesthai "to rage, go mad," mantis "seer," menos "passion, spirit," all from PIE *men- "to think, to have one's mind aroused, rage, be furious" (see mind (n.)). Sense of "fad, craze" is 1680s, from French manie in this sense. Sometimes nativized in Middle English as manye. Used since 1500s (in imitation of Greek) as the second element in compounds expressing particular types of madness (cf. nymphomania, 1775; kleptomania, 1830; megalomania, 1890).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MANIA

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  • craze
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  • rage
  • zeal
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