Origin of kleptomania
Examples from the Web for kleptomania
Another fancied it was a question of kleptomania or "something really weird."The Brightener|C. N. Williamson
Its exercise would probably be classed with kleptomania and other like excesses of purely personal consideration.The Soul of the Far East|Percival Lowell
Had Pistol lived in these days he would have said, 'Kleptomania the wise it call.'The Book-Hunter in London|William Roberts
I recollect how there used to be a regular little joke at her expense on the subject of kleptomania.She and I, Volume 1|John Conroy Hutcheson
He is as yet not ready to agree that some sex difficulty is the only conflict back of kleptomania.Studies in Forensic Psychiatry|Bernard Glueck
British Dictionary definitions for kleptomania
Word Origin for kleptomania
Word Origin and History for kleptomania
1830, formed from mania + Greek kleptes "thief," from kleptein "to steal, act secretly," from PIE *klep- "to steal," an extention of root *kel- "to cover, conceal" (see cell; cf. Latin clepere "to steal, listen secretly to," Old Prussian au-klipts "hidden," Old Church Slavonic poklopu "cover, wrapping," Gothic hlifan "to steal," hliftus "thief"). Much-derided 19c. as a fancy term for old-fashioned thievery and an opportunity for the privileged to claim a psychological motive for criminal misbehavior.
There is a popular belief that some of the criminal laws under which the poor are rigorously punished are susceptible of remarkable elasticity when the peccadilloes of the rich are brought under judgment, and that there is some truth in the old adage which declares that "one man may steal a horse where another dare not look over the hedge." This unwholesome distrust is not likely to diminish if, in cases of criminal prosecutions where so-called respectable persons commit theft without sufficiently obvious motive for the act, they have their crime extenuated on the plea of kleptomania, as has recently occurred in several notable instances. ["Kleptomania," "The Lancet," Nov. 16, 1861]
Medicine definitions for kleptomania
Culture definitions for kleptomania
A compulsion to steal, usually without either economic need or personal desire.