monomania


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mon·o·ma·ni·a

 (mŏn′ə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
n.
1. Pathological obsession with one idea or subject.
2. Intent concentration on or exaggerated enthusiasm for a single subject or idea.

mon′o·ma′ni·ac′ (-mā′nē-ăk′) n.
mon′o·ma·ni′a·cal (-mə-nī′ə-kəl) adj.
mon′o·ma·ni′a·cal·ly adv.

monomania

(ˌmɒnəʊˈmeɪnɪə)
n
(Psychiatry) an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc
ˌmonoˈmaniˌac n, adj
monomaniacal adj

mon•o•ma•ni•a

(ˌmɒn əˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə)

n., pl. -ni•as.
1. (no longer in technical use) a pathological obsession with one idea or group of ideas.
2. an inordinate or obsessive zeal for or interest in a single thing.
[1815–25; < French monomanie; see mono-, -mania]
mon`o•ma′ni•ac, n.
mon`o•ma•ni′a•cal (-məˈnaɪ ə kəl) adj.

monomania

1. a partial insanity in which psychotic thinking is confined to one subject or group of subjects.
2. an excessive interest in or enthusiasm for a single thing, idea, or the like; obsession.
See also: Manias
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monomania - a mania restricted to one thing or ideamonomania - a mania restricted to one thing or idea
cacoethes, mania, passion - an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action

monomania

noun obsession, fanaticism, fixation, one-track mind (informal), hobbyhorse, idée fixe (French), bee in your bonnet (informal) Over the past two decades, monomania has again gripped the country.
Translations

monomania

[ˌmɒnəʊˈmeɪnɪə] Nmonomanía f

monomania

[ˌmɒnəʊˈmeɪnjə] nmonomania

mon·o·ma·ni·a

n. monomanía, fijación mental de una idea.
References in classic literature ?
It would be refining too much, perhaps, even considering his monomania, to hint that his vindictiveness towards the White Whale might have possibly extended itself in some degree to all sperm whales, and that the more monsters he slew by so much the more he multiplied the chances that each subsequently encountered whale would prove to be the hated one he hunted.
But in monomania the errant faculty protrudes itself in a way that may not be denied.
'"We never mention her; her name is never heard."' And glancing up, I caught him with his eye askance on me, and his finger pointed to his forehead; then, winking at the young lady with a doleful shake of the head, be whispered - 'A monomania - but don't mention it - all right but that.'
Her desire for marriage then acquired an intensity which bordered on monomania, for she saw plainly that all chance of progeny was about to escape her; and the thing which in her celestial ignorance she desired above all things was the possession of children.
It's a monomania with him to think he is possessed of documents.
"I went to Milan, no one molested me, my affair in nowise interested the State.--One small observation before I go further," he continued, after a pause, "whether it is true or no that the mother's fancies at the time of conception or in the months before birth can influence her child, this much is certain, my mother during her pregnancy had a passion for gold, and I am the victim of a monomania, of a craving for gold which must be gratified.
The other that, by dint of long thinking about, it had become a monomania with him, and had acquired a fascination which he found it impossible to resist; swelling from an Earthly Copper Gallon into an Ethereal Golden Vat.
I call it quite my monomania, it is such a subject of mine.
"There are no limits to the possibilities of monomania," I answered.
It seemed almost like a monomania to be tracing back everything strange that happened, everything unexpected that was said, always to the same hidden source and the same sinister influence.
What you call self-conquest--binding and deafening yourself to all but one train of impressions--is only the culture of monomania in a nature like yours."
He might have had a monomania on the subject of his departed idol; but on every other point his wits were as sound as mine.