mania

Part of speech: noun

Mental unsoundness; raving insanity.

Part of speech: noun

A desire; craze.

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Usage examples "mania":

  1. In connexion with the " Papal aggression" mania, Cardinal Wiseman was the central figure against whom the storm of bigotry was chiefly directed. - "The Life Story of an Old Rebel", John Denvir.
  2. Grant had skirted a relapse into his recent mania. - "The Law of Hemlock Mountain", Hugh Lundsford.
  3. They must declare it to be a mania if I tell them the simple truth, and how dare I confess to having instituted those experiments on Luke Candlish? - "The Man with a Shadow", George Manville Fenn.