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Friday, November 27, 2015

Definitions for oniomania

  1. an uncontrollable desire to buy things.

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Citations for oniomania
After leaving the store, I felt the first pinpricks of panic. I wondered whether Go Shop technology could convert someone with mild oniomania (compulsive shopping disorder) into a total shopaholic with serious financial problems. Alex Kuczynski, “A Weapon of Self-Destruction for Buyers,” New York Times, March 23, 2006
And Ronnie had a spending problem, Jeff had told her. That sort of thing had a clinical name…oniomania. She saw it on The View. Kathryn Craft, The Far End of Happy, 2015
Origin of oniomania
Oniomania derives from the Greek ṓnios meaning "for sale" and the Late Latin mania meaning "extreme desire." It entered English in the late 1800s from the German Oniomanie.