• Motor Mania
    Motor Mania
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mania an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
    • n mania a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mania Excessive or unreasonable desire; insane passion affecting one or many people; as, the tulip mania .
    • Mania Violent derangement of mind; madness; insanity. Cf. Delirium.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mania Any form or phase of insanity with exaltation of spirits and rapidity of mental action; specifically, a psychoneurosis with these as the fundamental features. In a mania in this strict sense there may be delusions, but they fail of the systematized character of those of paranœa. Delusions and hallucinations may also be present. The attack may last for days, or months, or years. The prognosis is not very unfavorable. The cases issue in recovery, in death by exhaustion and intercurrent disease, and a considerable proportion in permanent imbecility.
    • n mania An eager, uncontrolled, or uncontrollable desire: as, a mania for drink; in colloquial use, a “rage” or craze for something: as, a mania for first editions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mania mā′ni-a violent madness: insanity: excessive or unreasonable desire
    • adj Mania raving mad
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mania, Gr. , fr. to rage; cf. OE. manie, F. manie,. Cf. Mind (n.) Necromancy,


In literature:

I have heard that there was a great mania for speculations just about that time.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I suppose you are bit by the mania?
"Godolphin, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He had a strong body, that could work hard all day, a big hate, and a mania for the possession of land.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
In point of fact, his land mania allowed him to think of nothing but the estate of Anzy.
"Parisians in the Country" by Honore de Balzac
Eight days thus passed, when he was seized with a fit of frenzy which terminated in mania.
"Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The vice of intemperance, the mania for gambling, these are the vultures that are consuming the vitals of our people.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
The Countesses Brenda and San Martino had "bridge-mania" very hard, and they used to go to Brenda's room in the evening to play.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
I afterward learned that that form of gambling was his mania.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
She died of acute mania within a month.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 358, November 11, 1882" by Various
What a terrible blow for the present-day mania, that rage for antiseptic precautions!
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola

In poetry:

He viewed this “shouting” mania with disgust,
As being generosity perverted,
When any of the “boys” went on the bust
He strove his best that they might be converted.
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake
These knew she had been reading books,
The which was witnessed by her looks
Of late: she had a mania
For mad folk in America,
And said for sure they led the way,
But meat and beer were meant to stay.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
Though mirrors might be hateful for a while,
Women and books would teach his middle age
The fencing wit of an informal style,
To keep the silences at bay and cage
His pacing manias in a worldly smile.
"The Quest XII (Vocation)" by W H Auden
What is it prompts the roving mania--is it love
Of wild adventure fanciful, unique, and odd?
Is it to be in fashion, and to others prove
One's social standing, that impels the madness of
The tramp abroad?
"The Tourist" by Hattie Howard
Your precious moments do not waste;
Take Ev'rything that isn't tied!
Who knows but you may have a Taste,
A Gift perhaps, for Homicide, --
(A Mania which, encouraged, thrives
On Taking Other People's Lives).
"Learn To Take Things Easily" by Harry Graham
He had laid business on the shelf
To give his taste expansion,
And, since no man, retired with pelf,
The building mania can shun, Knott, being middle-aged himself,
Resolved to build (unhappy elf!)
A mediaeval mansion.
"The Unhappy Lot Of Mr. Knott" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Actions needed to curb regulatory mania .
Why young voters aren't feeling Obama- mania this time.
Transy employees David Ross, left, and Jesse Yarnell blew leaves Monday morning in front of the Pumpkin Mania display on the steps of Old Morrison at Transylvania University.
Three lucky readers won cash in September's Daily Press Bingo Mania .
Working to avoid the multi-tasking mania .
Alpaca Mania at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
TV mania and too much food.
Bead mania just doesn't seem to subside during Universal's.
Mitzvah or Mania, and More;The Big-Spending Few Are Only Part of the Story.
Fireworks mania is sweeping Michigan this year with the changes to the laws.
As the fourth anniversary of the failure of Lehman Brothers approaches, investors are no more protected than they were during the bubble mania.
But this weekend Dayton will be the mule capital of the NorthwestMore than 150 mules and donkeys -- and their owners -- are expected to arrive for the second annual Mule Mania show at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Thursday through Sunday.
Mullet Mania' event to aid former deputy.
Jakks Pacific Toy Story Mania.
Mullet Mania' event to aid former deputy.

In science:

Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises (Wiley Investment Classics), 5th Edition.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Dotcom mania: The rise and fall of internet stock prices.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents