kleptomania

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noun klep·to·ma·nia \ˌklep-tə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\

Definition of kleptomania

  1. :  a persistent neurotic impulse to steal especially without economic motive

Origin and Etymology of kleptomania

New Latin


First Known Use: 1830


KLEPTOMANIA Defined for English Language Learners

kleptomania

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Definition of kleptomania for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

kleptomania

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noun klep·to·ma·nia \ˌklep-tə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\

Medical Definition of kleptomania

  1. :  a persistent neurotic impulse to steal especially without economic motive



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