Definition of


  1. (noun, motive) an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
  2. (noun, state) a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently

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Synonyms of Mania

cacoethes, manic disorder, passion

Origin of the word Mania

  1. c.1400, "mental derangement characterized by excitement and delusion," from L.L. mania "insanity, madness," from Gk. mania "madness," 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 1689,… more

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