kleptomania


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klep·to·ma·ni·a

 (klĕp′tə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
n.
A psychiatric disorder characterized by an irresistible impulse to steal things even though there is no personal or financial need for them.

[Greek kleptein, to steal + -mania.]

klep′to·ma′ni·ac′ (-nē-ăk′) n.
klep′to·ma·ni′a·cal (-mə-nī′ĭ-kəl) adj.
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kleptomania

(ˌklɛptəʊˈmeɪnɪə)
n
(Psychiatry) psychol a strong impulse to steal, esp when there is no obvious motivation
[C19: klepto- from Greek kleptēs thief, from kleptein to steal + -mania]
ˌkleptoˈmaniˌac n
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klep•to•ma•ni•a

(ˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə)

n.
a compulsion to steal having no relation to need or the monetary value of the object.
[1820–30; < Greek klépt(ēs) thief, or klépt(ein) to steal + -o- + -mania]
klep`to•ma′ni•ac` (-niˌæk) n., adj.
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kleptomania, cleptomania

Psychology. an irresistible impulse to steal, especially when the thief can afford to pay. — kleptomaniac, n.
See also: Theft
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kleptomania

Compulsive stealing, symbolic of an unconscious need, often sexual in origin.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kleptomania - an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
cacoethes, mania, passion - an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
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Translations
kleptomania
kleptomanie
cleptomania
cleptomanie

kleptomania

[ˌkleptəʊˈmeɪnɪə] Ncleptomanía f
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kleptomania

nKleptomanie f
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kleptomania

[ˌklɛptəʊˈmeɪnɪə] n (Psych) → cleptomania
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klep·to·ma·ni·a

n. cleptomanía, deseo incontrolable de robar.
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kleptomania

n cleptomanía
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References in classic literature ?
Featherstone's heir; that old gentleman's pride in him, and apparent fondness for him, serving in the stead of more exemplary conduct--just as when a youthful nobleman steals jewellery we call the act kleptomania, speak of it with a philosophical smile, and never think of his being sent to the house of correction as if he were a ragged boy who had stolen turnips.
This 'kleptomania' as it's called is selective and wonderful -- small, travel-sized goodies that come in very, very handy are closeted away.
"I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it." - Robert Benchley.
The BSG Patron reiterated the argument that the current parlous state of the Nigerian economy was as a result of the reckless kleptomania and corruption visited on Nigeria during the unfortunate 16 years of misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Ours is probably not corruption it is pan-societal kleptomania. For ordinary Kenyans such as myself, it feels as if well-heeled thugs are driving Canters to the national till and evacuating the contents to the basements of their corruption-funded palaces.
Kleptomania is the recurrent inability to resist the urge to steal items that an individual doesn't need or has little value.
He added that power of our people and community lies in the future and determination to confront ideological-political kleptomania and passion this ideology of evil develops.
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A MUGGER who claimed he suffered from kleptomania has lost his final appeal against a five-year jail sentence.
North Tyneside Magistrates' Court was told the mum-of-one didn't steal for financial gain but because she had suffered from kleptomania since the death of her mother.
I have kleptomania - when it gets bad I take something for it.
"I have kleptomania. When it gets bad, I take something for it."