kleptomania

noun
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 Not all our spelling woes are due to the kleptomania of the English lexicon. James Harbeck, The Week, 17 Jan. 2022 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, 9 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of kleptomania

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kleptomania

New Latin

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The first known use of kleptomania was in 1830

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“Kleptomania.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kleptomania. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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kleptomania

noun
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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