monomania

[ mon-uh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə /

noun

(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.

Nearby words

  1. monolithic,
  2. monolocular,
  3. monologic,
  4. monologue,
  5. monology,
  6. monomaniac,
  7. monomark,
  8. monomelic,
  9. monomer,
  10. monomeric

Origin of monomania

From New Latin, dating back to 1815–25; see origin at mono-, -mania

Related formsmon·o·ma·ni·ac [mon-uh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌmɒn əˈmeɪ niˌæk/, nounmon·o·ma·ni·a·cal [mon-uh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌmɒn ə məˈnaɪ ə kəl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for monomania

monomania

/ (ˌmɒnəʊˈmeɪnɪə) /

noun

an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc
Derived Formsmonomaniac, noun, adjectivemonomaniacal (ˌmɒnəʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective

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Word Origin and History for monomania

monomania

n.

"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).

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Medicine definitions for monomania

monomania

[ mŏn′ə-mānē-ə, -mānyə ]

n.

Pathological obsession with one idea or subject, as in paranoia.
Related formsmon′o•mani•ac′ (-mānē-ăk′) n.mon′o•ma•nia•cal (-mə-nīə-kəl) adj.


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