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Topic: PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Late Latin
Origin: Greek, from mainesthai 'to be mentally ill'

mania

noun
     
ma‧ni‧a [uncountable and countable]
1 a strong desire for something or interest in something, especially one that affects a lot of people at the same time [= craze]
mania for
the Victorian mania for butterfly collecting
religious/football/disco etc mania
Keep-fit mania has hit some of the girls in the office.
2 medicalMP a serious mental illness
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