- (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.
Origin of monomania
Related Words for monomaniacraziness, fascination, lunacy, rage, passion, frenzy, craze, enthusiasm, dementia, obsession, craving, fad, infatuation, fever, trend, mania, furor, intolerance, zeal, bigotry
Examples from the Web for monomania
Historical Examples of monomania
"There are no limits to the possibilities of monomania," I answered.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Monomania is a derangement of mind in regard to a single subject only.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
I understand that this becomes a monomania with a woman who lives in a rented house.The House
"No, it is possible she was the victim of a sort of monomania," conceded Anstice.Afterwards
You really have a great deal to answer for, in encouraging this kind of monomania.''That Very Mab'
May Kendall and Andrew Lang
- an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc
Word Origin and History for monomania
- Pathological obsession with one idea or subject, as in paranoia.