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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Definitions for nostomania

  1. an irresistible compulsion to return home; intense homesickness.

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Citations for nostomania
The nostomania of Odysseus arose from a yearning for what he already knew, already possessed. Eric Ormsby, "The Dark Regime of Paradise," David Solway: Essays on His Works, edited by Carmine Starnino, 2001
He had once told me he found it extremely odd that while nostology was the study of senility, nostomania had nothing at all to do with old age but simply meant a serious case of homesickness. Peter Straub, A Dark Matter, 2010
Origin of nostomania
1850-1855
Nostomania shares a root with the word nostalgia in the Greek term nóstos, which means "a return home." It entered English in the mid-1800s.