monomania [mon- uh- mey-nee- uh, - meyn-y uh] 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. Origin of monomania
dating back to
see origin at
-mania Related forms mon·o·ma·ni·ac , [mon- uh- mey-nee-ak] /ˌmɒn əˈmeɪ niˌæk/ noun mon·o·ma·ni·a·cal , [mon- uh-m uh- nahy- uh-k uh l] /ˌmɒn ə məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ adjective
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Related Words for monomania craziness
bigotry Examples from the Web for monomania Historical Examples of monomania
"There are no limits to the possibilities of
monomania," I answered. Monomania is a derangement of mind in regard to a single subject only.
I understand that this becomes a
monomania with a woman who lives in a rented house.
"No, it is possible she was the victim of a sort of
monomania," conceded Anstice.
You really have a great deal to answer for, in encouraging this kind of
monomania.' British Dictionary definitions for monomania noun an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc Derived Forms monomaniac, noun, adjective monomaniacal ( ˌmɒnəʊməˈnaɪək), əl adjective
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Word Origin and History for 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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
monomania [mŏn′ə-mā ′nē-ə, -mān ′yə] n. Pathological obsession with one idea or subject, as in paranoia. Related forms mon′o•ma ( ′ni•ac′ -mā) ′nē-ăk′ n. mon′o•ma•ni ( ′a•cal -mə-nī) ′ə-kəl adj.
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