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[mon-uh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌmɒn əˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/
(no longer in technical use) a psychosis characterized by thoughts confined to one idea or group of ideas.
an inordinate or obsessive zeal for or interest in a single thing, idea, subject, or the like.
Origin of monomania
From New Latin, dating back to 1815-25; See origin at mono-, -mania
Related forms
[mon-uh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌmɒn əˈmeɪ niˌæk/ (Show IPA),
[mon-uh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌmɒn ə məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for monomania
Historical Examples
  • A doctor was called, and gave the best verdict of monomania that ever sent a man to Charenton.

  • monomania is a derangement of mind in regard to a single subject only.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • "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
  • It's a monomania with him to think he is possessed of documents.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • The monomania of the haunted man gripped him and would not release him.

    Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens
  • And then Peter Champneys realized that the French fear hadn't been so much a monomania as a foreknowledge.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • I should rather say that his intense folly has taken the form of monomania.

    The Missouri Outlaws Gustave Aimard
  • Would my father's monomania account for the fact of my brother's hair turning grey and my mother wasting away to a mere shadow?

    The Mystery of Cloomber Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I should fall into a monomania, and one of a very loathsome kind.'

    Demos George Gissing
British Dictionary definitions for monomania


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

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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monomania in Medicine

monomania mon·o·ma·ni·a (mŏn'ə-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
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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