: a mania for holding public office

Word History


Spanish empleomanía, from empleo employment, use, public office (from emplear to employ, use, from Old Spanish, from Old French empleoir, emploiier) + -manía (from New Latin -mania)

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of empleomania was in 1845

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“Empleomania.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empleomania. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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