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monomania

[mon-uh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌmɒn əˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/
noun
1.
(no longer in technical use) a psychosis characterized by thoughts confined to one idea or group of ideas.
2.
an inordinate or obsessive zeal for or interest in a single thing, idea, subject, or the like.
Origin of monomania
1815-1825
From New Latin, dating back to 1815-25; See origin at mono-, -mania
Related forms
monomaniac
[mon-uh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌmɒn əˈmeɪ niˌæk/ (Show IPA),
noun
monomaniacal
[mon-uh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌmɒn ə məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the Web for monomania
Historical Examples
  • "There are no limits to the possibilities of monomania," I answered.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • monomania is a derangement of mind in regard to a single subject only.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • I understand that this becomes a monomania with a woman who lives in a rented house.

    The House

    Eugene Field
  • "No, it is possible she was the victim of a sort of monomania," conceded Anstice.

    Afterwards Kathlyn Rhodes
  • You really have a great deal to answer for, in encouraging this kind of monomania.'

    'That Very Mab' May Kendall and Andrew Lang
  • monomania is mental derangement as to one subject or object.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • The monomania of the haunted man gripped him and would not release him.

    Tongues of Conscience

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • I should rather say that his intense folly has taken the form of monomania.

    The Missouri Outlaws

    Gustave Aimard
  • I should fall into a monomania, and one of a very loathsome kind.'

    Demos George Gissing
  • But the monomania was on him, and he started for the island in disguise.

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
British Dictionary definitions for monomania

monomania

/ˌmɒnəʊˈmeɪnɪə/
noun
1.
an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc
Derived Forms
monomaniac, noun, adjective
monomaniacal (ˌmɒnəʊməˈnaɪəkəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for monomania
n.

"insanity in regard to a single subect or class of subjects," 1820, probably on model of earlier French monomanie, from Modern Latin monomania, from Greek monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + mania (see mania).

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monomania in Medicine

monomania mon·o·ma·ni·a (mŏn'ə-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
n.
Pathological obsession with one idea or subject, as in paranoia.


mon'o·ma'ni·ac' (-mā'nē-āk') n.
mon'o·ma·ni'a·cal (-mə-nī'ə-kəl) adj.
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