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

Did You Know?

Klepto- comes from the Greek word kleptein, "to steal". Even though kleptomania is often the butt of jokes, it's actually a serious mental illness, often associated with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Klepotomaniacs tend to be depressed, and many live lives of secret shame because they're afraid to seek treatment.

Origin and Etymology of kleptomania

New Latin


First Known Use: 1830


KLEPTOMANIA Defined for English Language Learners

kleptomania

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

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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