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 History of this Word

"mania" is from "mania" (frenzy) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
bibliomania
graphomania
megalomania
pyromania

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-mania" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates exaggerated desire or enthusiasm. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-mania illustration She was afflicted with kleptomania.
-mania illustration The same kind of excitement can be seen in the balletomania of "The Red Shoes".