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bibliomania

[bib-lee-oh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]
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noun
  1. excessive fondness for acquiring and possessing books.
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Origin of bibliomania

1725–35; biblio- + -mania; replacing earlier bibliomanie < French
Related formsbib·li·o·ma·ni·ac [bib-lee-oh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌbɪb li oʊˈmeɪ niˌæk/, nounbib·li·o·ma·ni·a·cal [bib-lee-oh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌbɪb li oʊ məˈnaɪ ə kəl/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bibliomania

Historical Examples

  • Duplicates, first buying of, 16—most virulent form of bibliomania, 173.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • Yet there are other departments of the Bibliomania which may be successfully discussed.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

  • History of the, as connected with the Bibliomania, 228-238Rembrandt.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

  • This discovery may be considered, in some measure, as the result of the Bibliomania.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

  • What relates to the Bibliomania I here select from similar specimens.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin


British Dictionary definitions for bibliomania

bibliomania

noun
  1. extreme fondness for books
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Derived Formsbibliomaniac, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bibliomania

n.

1734, after French bibliomanie, from biblio- + mania.

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