klep·​to·​ma·​nia | \ ˌklep-tə-ˈmā-nē-ə How to pronounce kleptomania (audio) , -nyə \

Definition of kleptomania

: a persistent neurotic impulse to steal especially without economic motive

Examples of kleptomania in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The play takes the time to introduce their respective demons — alcoholism, kleptomania and violence, among them — then moves on with little resolution. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "Rainbow Theatre Project’s ‘Blue Camp’ is a well-intentioned misfire," 9 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of kleptomania

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kleptomania

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“Kleptomania.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kleptomania. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kleptomania

: a mental illness in which you have a strong desire to steal things


klep·​to·​ma·​nia | \ ˌklep-tə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə How to pronounce kleptomania (audio) \

Medical Definition of kleptomania

: a persistent neurotic impulse to steal especially without economic motive

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