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An exaggerated desire or enthusiasm for: balletomania.
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n combining form
indicating extreme desire or pleasure of a specified kind or an abnormal excitement aroused by something: kleptomania; nymphomania; pyromania.
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ma•ni•a(ˈmeɪ ni ə, ˈmeɪn yə)
n., pl. -ni•as.
1. excessive excitement or enthusiasm.
2. a pathological state characterized by euphoric mood, excessive activity or talkativeness, impaired judgment, and sometimes psychotic symptoms.
[1350–1400; < Latin < Greek manía madness]
a combining form of mania (megalomania); extended to mean “enthusiasm, often of an extreme and transient nature,” for that specified by the initial element (bibliomania).
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