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

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 bibliomaniac

Historical Examples

  • "I was not aware that you were in with the smart set," said the Bibliomaniac.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)


  • His book had selected the bibliomaniac Faustinus as a patron.

    The Care of Books

    John Willis Clark

  • Well, there is no arguing with such a bibliomaniac as yourself, Lorenzo.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

  • But it is time to gratify the Bibliomaniac with something more to his palate.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

  • If a man spends lavishly on his library, you call him mad,—a bibliomaniac.

    The Book-lover

    James Baldwin

British Dictionary definitions for bibliomaniac


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


1816; see bibliomania.

A bibliomaniac must be carefully distinguished from a bibliophile. The latter has not yet freed himself from the idea that books are meant to be read. [Walsh]



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

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