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theomania

[thee-oh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌθi oʊˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/
noun
1.
a delusional mental illness in which a person believes himself or herself to be God or specially chosen by God, as to found a religious order.
Origin of theomania
1855-1860
From New Latin, dating back to 1855-60; See origin at theo-, -mania
Related forms
theomaniac
[thee-oh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌθi oʊˈmeɪ niˌæk/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Historical Examples
  • Dæmonomania differs widely from the mental disease called theomania.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
  • Like Tolstoy, Nietzsche suffered from theomania and prophecy madness.

    Egoists James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for theomania

theomania

/ˌθɪəˈmeɪnɪə/
noun
1.
religious madness, esp when it takes the form of believing oneself to be a god
Derived Forms
theomaniac, noun
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Contemporary definitions for theomania
noun

government or rule by God

Word Origin

theo(logy) + -nomy 'law'

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