mythomania

noun
mytho·ma·nia | \ ˌmi-thə-ˈmā-nē-ə , -nyə \

Definition of mythomania 

: an excessive or abnormal propensity for lying and exaggerating

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mythomaniac \-nē-ˌak \ noun or adjective

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We wouldn't lie to you about the history of "mythomania." It comes from two ancient roots, the Greek mythos (meaning "myth") and the Late Latin mania (meaning "insanity marked by uncontrolled emotion or excitement"). One myth about "mythomania" is that it's a very old word; actually, the earliest known uses of the term date only from the beginning of the 20th century. It was predated by a related word, "mythomaniac," which appeared around the middle of the 19th century. "Mythomaniac" initially referred to someone who was obsessed with or passionate about myths but was eventually used for individuals affected with or exhibiting mythomania.

First Known Use of mythomania

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mythomania

borrowed from French mythomanie, from Greek mŷthos "utterance, tale, myth" + French -o- -o- + manie mania

Note: As a medical term introduced by the French psychiatrist Ernest Dupré (1862-1921), probably first in "La mythomanie: Étude psychologique et médico-légale du mensonge et de la fabulation morbides," Le Bulletin médical, no. 23 (25 mars 1905), p. 263.

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mythomania

noun
mytho·ma·nia | \ ˌmith-ə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə \

Medical Definition of mythomania 

: an excessive or abnormal propensity for lying and exaggerating

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