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

Definition of kleptomaniac

: a person evidencing kleptomania

Examples of kleptomaniac in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sasha had been a f---up all the way into her thirties: a kleptomaniac who'd managed to pilfer countless items from countless people over countless years. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 13 Dec. 2021 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. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2021 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, 15 June 2019 Even everyone’s favorite kleptomaniac, the Niffler, makes an appearance. Alison Wild, EW.com, 20 June 2019 Like Elodie, Moe is also a kleptomaniac, a person who's unable to resist urges to steal. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, 17 June 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, 25 Apr. 2018 See More

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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 29 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of kleptomaniac

: an individual exhibiting kleptomania

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