Psychiatry. a symptom of mental illness marked by delusions of greatness, wealth, etc.
an obsession with doing extravagant or grand things.

Origin of megalomania

First recorded in 1885–90; megalo- + -mania Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of megalomania

  • The old leonine fellow was transfigured, as though by megalomania.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • But does that sort of megalomania express a genuine self-confidence?

  • For, if I could guess at the signs at all, it was megalomania.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions

  • His comrades claimed that he was suffering from megalomania.

    A Little Garrison

    Fritz von der Kyrburg

  • But the megalomania of the Teutons has only been one of the contributory causes.

British Dictionary definitions for megalomania



a mental illness characterized by delusions of grandeur, power, wealth, etc
informal a lust or craving for power
Derived Formsmegalomaniac, adjective, nounmegalomaniacal (ˌmɛɡələʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective
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Word Origin and History for megalomania

"delusions of greatness," 1866, from French mégalomanie; see megalo- + mania "madness."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for megalomania


[mĕg′ə-lō-mānē-ə, -mānyə]


A psychopathological condition in which delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence predominate.
An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions.
Related formsmeg′a•lo•mani•ac′ n.meg′a•lo•ma•nia•cal (-mə-nīə-kəl) null adj.
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Culture definitions for megalomania



Delusions of grandeur; an extreme form of egotism. Adolf Hitler is generally considered to have been a megalomaniac.

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