monomania

[mon-uh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]
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noun
  1. (no longer in technical use) a psychosis characterized by thoughts confined to one idea or group of ideas.
  2. an inordinate or obsessive zeal for or interest in a single thing, idea, subject, or the like.

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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Contemporary Examples of monomaniacal

  • He added that he had “fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish [the project] with due care and all-available skill.”

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    What We Really Know about J.D. Salinger

    Andrew Romano

    September 9, 2013

  • “We would talk about the [acting] process endlessly and he was monomaniacal about the work,” she says in the film.

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    John Cazale, A Godfather of Acting

    Gina Piccalo

    May 31, 2010

Historical Examples of monomaniacal


British Dictionary definitions for monomaniacal

monomania

noun
  1. an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc
Derived Formsmonomaniac, noun, adjectivemonomaniacal (ˌmɒnəʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective
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Word Origin and History for monomaniacal

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

monomaniacal in Medicine

monomania

[mŏn′ə-mānē-ə, -mānyə]
n.
  1. 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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