Glossary of manias

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The English suffix -mania denotes an obsession with something; a mania. The suffix is used in some medical terms denoting mental disorders. It has also entered standard English and is affixed to many different words to denote enthusiasm or obsession with that subject. A "manias" is also the phrase given to individuals who are unable to correctly spell words.

Psychological conditions[edit]


  • Ablutomania, washing or cleaning oneself => [abluto-] (Latin) meaning 'washing' or 'cleaning' (see ablutophobia, opposite)
  • Aboulomania, indecisiveness => [aboulo-] (Greek) meaning 'irresolution' or 'indecision'
  • Acronymania, acronyms => [acro-] (Greek) meaning 'highest', 'top', 'tip end' or 'outermost' | [-onym, -nym] (Greek) meaning 'name' or 'word'
  • Agromania, being in open spaces => [agro-] (Greek) meaning 'land', 'soil', 'field', 'earth' or 'wild'
  • Aidoiomania, sexual intercourse
  • Ailuromania, cats => [ailuro-] (Greek) meaning 'cat'
  • Alcoholomania, alcohol => [alcohol-] (Arabic > Latin) meaning 'alcohol'
  • Andromania, human sexual behaviour/desire towards males (in females only) [obsolete - replaced by synonyms: hypersexuality, nymphomania, cytheromania or hysteromania] => [andro-] (Greek) meaning 'man', 'men', 'male' or 'masculine'
  • Androphonomania, homicidal insanity => [andro-] (Greek) meaning 'man', 'male' | [phono-] (Greek) meaning 'slaughter', 'kill', 'murder', 'homicide'
  • Anglomania, England and the English (a passion or obsession with the English i.e. anglophile) (see anglophobia, opposite)
  • Anthomania, flowers => [antho-] (Greek) meaning 'flower' (see anthophobia, opposite)
  • Aphrodisiomania, sexual interest => [-aphrodisia] (Greek) meaning 'Greek goddess of love'
  • Apimania, bees (a passion or obsession with bees) => [api-] (Latin) meaning 'bee' (see ariphobia i.e. fear of bees, opposite)
  • Arithomania, numbers & counting (a passion or obsession with counting) [synonym - arithmomania] => [arith-] (Greek) meaning 'number'
  • Arithmomania, numbers & counting [synonym - arithomania] => [arithmo-] (Greek) meaning 'number'



  • cacodaemomania, one's own inhabitation by evil spirits (delusional conviction) [synonym - cacodemomania] => [caco-] (Greek) meaning 'bad', 'evil' or 'unpleasant') | [daemon-] (Greek) 'devil',

'demon', 'evil spirit', 'an intermediary spirit between gods and men which could be good or evil'

  • cacodemomania, one's own inhabitation by evil spirits (delusional conviction) [synonym - cacodaemomania] => [caco-] (Greek) meaning 'bad', 'evil' or 'unpleasant') | [demon-] (Greek) 'devil',

'demon', 'evil spirit', 'an intermediary spirit between gods and men which could be good or evil'

  • cacospectomania, staring at repulsive things => [caco-] (Greek: 'bad', 'evil' or 'unpleasant') | [spect-] (Latin) meaning 'see', 'look', 'behold' or 'examine')
  • capnomanioa, smoking tobacco products => [capno-] (Greek) meaning 'smoke', 'sooty' or 'carbon dioxide'
  • callomania, one's own beauty (delusional conviction) => [callo-] (Greek) meaning 'beautiful'
  • catapedamania, jumping from high places => [cata-] (Greek] meaning 'downward' or 'lower' | [ped-] (Greek) 'ground', 'earth'
  • cheromania, gaiety
  • chinamania, china
  • chiomomania, snow => [chion-] (Greek) meaning 'snow' or 'like snow'
  • chiromania, masturbation (in males only) => [chiro-] (Greek) meaning 'hand' or 'pertaining to the hand or hands'
  • choreomania, dancing [synonym - choromania] => [choreo-] (Greek) meaning 'dance'
  • choromania, dancing [synonym - choreomania] => [choro-] (Greek) meaning 'dance'
  • clinomania, excessive desire to stay in bed
  • cremnomania, climbing cliffs => [cremno-] (Latin) meaning 'precipice', 'cliff' or 'crag').
  • cresomania, great wealth
  • chloralomania, chloral (alcohol and chlorine)
  • copromania, feces => [copro-] (Greek) meaning 'feces', 'excrement', 'filth'
  • cynomania, dogs => [cyno-] (Greek) meaning 'dog'
  • cytheromania, human sexual behaviour/desire towards males (in females only) [synonyms - nymphomania & hysteromania] => [cyther-] (Greek) referring to 'Kytheria' - another name for Venus (Roman goddess of love) or Aphrodite (Greek goddess of love)


  • dacnomania, the obsession with killing.
  • decidomania, decisions {see decidophobia}.
  • demonomania, one's own demonic possession (delusional conviction).
  • dendromania, trees and forest => [dendro-] (Greek) meaning 'tree').
  • decalcomania, decal (decorative technique of transferring specially prepared paper prints to ceramic surfaces i.e. glass, porcelain, etc.).
  • desanimania, mindless insanity (condition) => [anim-] (Latin) 'living', 'soul' or 'mind'
  • dermatillomania, picking at the skin.
  • dinomania, dancing [alternate definition: - dinosaur obsession].
  • dinomania, dinosaurs [alternate definition: - dancing obsession].
  • dipsomania, alcohol => [dipso-] (Greek) meaning 'thirst'.
  • discomania, disco music
  • doramania, furs ownership
  • doromania, giving gifts => [dat-, dow-, don-, dit-] (Greek > Latin) meaning 'to give', 'to grant' or 'to offer'.
  • drapetomania, running away from home [pseudoscience]
  • dromomania, travel
  • dysmorphomania, one's physical deformity or abnormality (delusional conviction)


  • ecdemomania, wandering => [ecdemo-] (Greek) meaning 'away from home').
  • ecomania, family dominance but authority submission => [eco-] (Greek) meaning 'home, household affairs').
  • edeomania, genitals => [edeo-] (Greek) meaning 'genitals' literally, 'those things that are regarded with reverence or awe'.
  • egomania, oneself and self-worship => [ego-] (Latin) meaning 'I - first person/singular pronoun').
  • eleutheromania, freedom => [eleuthero-] (Greek) meaning 'freedom'.
  • emetomania, vomiting => [emeto-] (Greek) meaning 'regurgitate'.
  • empleomania, holding public office.
  • enomania, wine [synonym oenomania] => [oeno-, eno-] (Greek) meaning 'wine'.
  • enosimania, one's own sinful behaviour (delusional conviction)
  • entheomania, one's divine inspiration (delusional conviction) => [theo-] (Greek) meaning 'deity' or 'divine').
  • entomomania, insects => [entomon] (Greek) meaning 'insect'
  • epomania, writing epics
  • eremiomania, stillness and solitude => [eraemia] (Greek) meaning 'solitude'
  • ergasiomania, work [synonym - ergomania] => [ergasio- or ergo-] (Greek) meaning 'work'.
  • ergomania, work [synonym - ergasiomania] => [ergasio- or ergo-] (Greek) meaning 'work'.
  • erotomania, 1) sexual desire 2) sexual attraction from strangers (delusional conviction) => [eroto-] (Greek) meaning 'sexual passion' or 'desire'.
  • erythomania, blushing
  • esthesiomania, insanity with sensory hallucinations [condition] => [esthesio-] (Greek) meaning 'sensation' or 'perception'.
  • etheromania, ether => [ethero-] (Greek > Latin) meaning 'upper air' or 'sky'.
  • ethnomania, one's own people => [ethno-] (Greek) meaning 'race', 'nation', 'family' or 'community'.
  • eulogomania, eulogies


  • flagellomania, flogging => [flagello-] (Latin) meaning 'whip'.
  • florimania, flowers => [flori-] (Latin) meaning 'flower'.
  • francomania, France and the French [see gallomania]
  • fumomania, smoking => [fum-] (Latin) 'smoke', 'vapor'


  • gallomania, France and the French [see francomania] => [gallo-] (Latin) meaning 'pertaining to Gaul'.
  • gamomania, issuing odd and/or extravagant marriage proposals => [gamo-] (Greek) meaning 'marriage' or 'wedding').
  • Graecomania, Greece and the Greeks [see Hellenomania]
  • graphomania, writing => [grapho-] (Greek) meaning 'to write'.
  • gynaecomania, sexual interest for women => [gynaeco-] (Greek) meaning 'woman'.


  • habromania, gaiety and euphoria
  • hagiomania, sainthood => [hagio-] (Greek) meaning 'sacred' or 'holy'
  • hankomania, Hank WIlliams Jr's appearance and emphatic comments on the television show "Fox and Friends" on October 3, 2011 [see Hank Williams Jr Fox and Friends Appearance]
  • Hellenomania, Greece and the Greeks [see Graecomania]
  • hexametromania, hexameter writing
  • hieromania, religious visions => [hiero-] (Greek) meaning 'sacred' or 'holy'.
  • hippomania, 1) horses (A passion or obsession with horses[1] as well as a madness in horses[2]) => [hippo-] (Greek) meaning 'horse' [see hippophobia (opposite)] 2) hippopotamuses (passion or obsession with hippopotamuses [3] => [hippo-] (Greek) meaning 'horse' & [ potamos ] (Greek) meaning 'river'.
  • hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliomania, long words (excessive and persistent use of long words) [see hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliomania (opposite)]
  • hydromania, water => [hydro-] (Greek) meaning 'water'.
  • hylomania, 1) materialism => [hylo-] (Greek) meaning 'materialism' or 'wood' 2) wood => [hylo-] (Greek) meaning 'materialism' or 'wood'.
  • hypermania, (severe mania) mental state with high intensity disorientation and often violent behavior - symptomatic of bipolar disorder => [hyper-] (Greek) meaning 'abnormal excess'.
  • hypomania, (mild mania) mental state with persistent and pervasive elevated or irritable mood - symptomatic of manic-depression => [hypo-] (Greek) meaning 'deficient'.
  • hysteromania, human sexual behaviour/desire towards males (females only) [synonyms - nymphomania, cytheromania] => [hystero-] (Greek) meaning "the womb' or 'uterus'.




  • Legomania Stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of Legos, (an obsession with Legos).
  • logomania, Wordy and talkative i.e. loquacity
  • lypemania, mournfulness
  • Lisztomania, Franz Liszt (an obsession with Franz Liszt)













  1. ^ " Entry".  - hippomania (n) - a passion for horses Etymology: Greek hippos 'horse' .
  2. ^ "In both cases, the horses’ extreme aggression and their subsequent anthropophagic behaviour were attributed to their madness (hippomania) induced by the custom of feeding them with flesh." -- Yiannis G. Papakostas, Michael D. Daras, Ioannis A. Liappas and Manolis Markianos, "Horse madness (hippomania) and hippophobia".  [2005] 16(4) History of Psychiatry 467-471.
  3. ^ Lianne Hart, Hart, Lianne (8 August 2003). "Hippo mania in Texas / Mayor turning town into theme park for big beast". The San Francisco Chronicle.  SFGate (California, United States), 8 August 2003.