monomania

noun
mono·​ma·​nia | \ˌmä-nə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\

Definition of monomania 

1 : mental illness especially when limited in expression to one idea or area of thought

2 : excessive concentration on a single object or idea

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Other Words from monomania

monomaniac \-​nē-​ˌak \ noun or adjective
monomaniacal \-​mə-​ˈnī-​ə-​kəl \ adjective
monomaniacally \-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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In conceiving the project, Fournier and Marty invented a backstory and built their décor around it with the zany monomania of a Wes Anderson movie. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "A Moroccan Retreat With a French Minimalist Spin," 13 Aug. 2018 Polar monomania is the subject and driving force behind this curious book, a composite of capsule history, essays and fictionalized memoir. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicles: The Intoxicating Attraction of the Abyss," 8 June 2018 The textualist monomania seems to grate especially on Ginsburg, who was famously close with Scalia. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018 Fischer’s defiant monomania already had many worried during his adolescence. Ann Hulbert, Time, "What Parents Can Learn From Steve Jobs and Bill Gates About Raising a Prodigy," 10 Jan. 2018 Thank You for Being Late offers invaluable, if perhaps inadvertent, insight into the technologists’ cold monomania. Justin Peters, Slate Magazine, "Tom Friedman’s oracular pretensions have never felt more ridiculous than they do in his latest best-seller.," 17 Jan. 2017 The user @ProTrump45 is gone, for now, but Trump’s tweet, which contains a blank space where Nicole’s message would be, remains a monument to his monomania. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Trump Falls for His Own Propaganda Machine," 8 Aug. 2017 Mayer means it as trash-talk—but that kind of monomania may be necessary to primary a president. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "The G.O.P. Race to Primary Trump Has Already Begun," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of monomania

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monomania

New Latin

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monomania

noun
mono·​ma·​nia | \ˌmän-ə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə \

Medical Definition of monomania 

: mental illness especially when limited in expression to one idea or area of thought

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