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kleptomaniac

or cleptomaniac

[klep-tuh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌklɛp təˈmeɪ niˌæk/
noun, Psychology.
1.
a person who has kleptomania.
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of kleptomania or a kleptomaniac.
Origin of kleptomaniac
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; kleptomani(a) + -ac
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  • "A kleptomaniac," Smithson explained, retaining his manner of mild insistence.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • This, you perceive, is from the same Greek root as kleptomaniac.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
  • He was also a kleptomaniac, and, of course, untruthful into the bargain.

  • Another oddity with whom I was associated was a kleptomaniac.

  • The kleptomaniac may be the most troublesome to the community; but is he more wicked than the others?

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • No thief, for example, is such an utter thief—so good a thief—as the kleptomaniac.

    Life and Habit Samuel Butler
  • Not that there are any chattels to tempt the cupidity of the kleptomaniac.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • The kleptomaniac, however, is generally a rich or influential woman.

  • Perhaps she is a kleptomaniac—you know there are such people.

    For Gold or Soul? Lurana W. Sheldon
Word Origin and History for kleptomaniac
n.

1861; see kleptomania.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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