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 monomaniac extremist
radical Examples from the Web for monomaniac Historical Examples of monomaniac
Had much study made of him a
monomaniac babbling in a dream of absurdities?
"I shall not say anything," said the
monomaniac, with a wonderful and peaceful face.
I am full of the fellow; a little more, and he'll make a
monomaniac of me.
"She is a
monomaniac on the subject, I should imagine," observed Albert.
She became a
monomaniac, and of that sort of which rulers of men are made. British Dictionary definitions for monomaniac 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 monomaniac 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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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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