klep·​to·​ma·​ni·​ac | \ ˌklep-tə-ˈmā-nē-ˌak How to pronounce kleptomaniac (audio) \

Definition of kleptomaniac

: a person evidencing kleptomania

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Recent Examples on the Web At its center was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac — a hero for the times — Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. Rick Porter, Billboard, "Sex Pistols Limited Series From Danny Boyle a Go at FX," 11 Jan. 2021 Germans love to take things literally, just like kleptomaniacs. SI.com, "Premier League: A Club by Club Review of Matchday 1 Using the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe's Best Jokes," 13 Aug. 2019 But despite appearing in almost every episode, their parents, except Elodie’s father, never seem to be aware or even mention their children are kleptomaniacs. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "Elodie's Dad's Reaction To Her Shoplifting On Trinkets Is A Problem," 15 June 2019 Even everyone’s favorite kleptomaniac, the Niffler, makes an appearance. Alison Wild, EW.com, "Everything you need to know about Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure at Universal Studios," 20 June 2019 Like Elodie, Moe is also a kleptomaniac, a person who's unable to resist urges to steal. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Get To Know the Cast of "Trinkets" And Their Characters," 17 June 2019 But everything changes once the three meet after being sent to the support group for kleptomaniacs. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Trinkets" Releases First Trailer for YA Drama About Shoplifting and Friendship," 30 May 2019 The first episode of this nature mini-series focuses on animals who will steal, cheat and fight for food, including kleptomaniac crabs, thieving macaques and cannibalistic lizards. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Archer’," 25 Apr. 2018 Buzz60 Prince Harry had a showdown with a kernel kleptomaniac at the Invictus Games in Toronto Wednesday night. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "An adorable snack thief raids Prince Harry's popcorn at Invictus Games," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of kleptomaniac

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Kleptomaniac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kleptomaniac. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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Medical Definition of kleptomaniac

: an individual exhibiting kleptomania

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