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.

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

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.

kleptomania, cleptomania

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

kleptomania

Compulsive stealing, symbolic of an unconscious need, often sexual in origin.
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
Translations
kleptomania
kleptomanie
cleptomania
cleptomanie

kleptomania

[ˌkleptəʊˈmeɪnɪə] Ncleptomanía f

kleptomania

nKleptomanie f

kleptomania

[ˌklɛptəʊˈmeɪnɪə] n (Psych) → cleptomania

klep·to·ma·ni·a

n. cleptomanía, deseo incontrolable de robar.

kleptomania

n cleptomanía
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.
I have kleptomania - when it gets bad I take something for it.
North Tyneside Magistrates' Court was told Finch didn't steal for financial gain but because she had suffered from kleptomania since the death of her mother.
In the silence, the kleptomania went on unfettered and with impunity.
In its technical sense it refers to someone who, to their detriment, compulsively uses alcohol, nicotine, certain drugs, has an impulse control disorder such as gambling, kleptomania (compulsive stealing), pyromania (compulsive setting of fires), or exhibits other compulsive behaviors.
Suswam is prosecuted for being a kleptomania and sleaze', Ortom fired back.
B and her mother to complete the Kleptomania Symptom Assessment Scale (K-SAS) (Table 1), (1) which is designed to evaluate the severity of symptoms of kleptomania.
Summary: First-time traveller tells judge she doesn't have kleptomania, but shoplifted six times in two days
Summary: Wealthy UAE residents caught shoplifting are suffering from kleptomania, says police colonel
KLEPTOMANIA A Fear of enclosed spaces B Fear of open spaces C Mania for stealing who am I?
DEAR TWIN: Your twin (and your brother) may suffer from kleptomania, an impulse control disorder that makes it difficult to resist urges to steal items that, for the most part, you don't need and won't use.
It manifests itself in many ways-, from simple mood changes and mental conflicts to all types of neurosis, dementia, hysteria, epilepsy, depression, kleptomania, idiocy, religious or suicidal paranoia, amnesia, sexual deviation, cruelty, and other issues.