cleptomania

[ klep-tuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh ]
/ ˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə /

noun Psychology.

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Origin of cleptomania

< Greek klépt(ein) to steal + -o- + -mania

OTHER WORDS FROM cleptomania

clep·to·ma·ni·ac, noun

Definition for cleptomania (2 of 2)

kleptomania

or clep·to·ma·ni·a

[ klep-tuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh ]
/ ˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə /

noun Psychology.

an irresistible impulse to steal, stemming from emotional disturbance rather than economic need.

Origin of kleptomania

1820–30; klepto- (combining form of Greek kléptēs thief) + -mania
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British Dictionary definitions for cleptomania (1 of 2)

cleptomania
/ (ˌklɛptəʊˈmeɪnɪə, -ˈmeɪnjə) /

noun

a variant spelling of kleptomania

Derived forms of cleptomania

cleptomaniac, noun

British Dictionary definitions for cleptomania (2 of 2)

kleptomania
/ (ˌklɛptəʊˈmeɪnɪə) /

noun

psychol a strong impulse to steal, esp when there is no obvious motivation

Derived forms of kleptomania

kleptomaniac, noun

Word Origin for kleptomania

C19: klepto- from Greek kleptēs thief, from kleptein to steal + -mania
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Medical definitions for cleptomania

kleptomania
[ klĕp′tə-mānē-ə, -mānyə ]

n.

An obsessive impulse to steal regardless of economic need, usually arising from an unconscious symbolic value associated with the stolen item.

Other words from kleptomania

klep′to•mani•ac′ (-nē-ăk′) adj.
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Cultural definitions for cleptomania

kleptomania
[ (klep-tuh-may-nee-uh) ]

A compulsion to steal, usually without either economic need or personal desire.

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