kleptomania

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

Definition of kleptomania

:a persistent neurotic impulse to steal especially without economic motive

Origin and Etymology of kleptomania

New Latin


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


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kleptomania

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

medical Definition of kleptomania

:a persistent neurotic impulse to steal especially without economic motive


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