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bibliomania

[bib-lee-oh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌbɪb li oʊˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/
noun
1.
excessive fondness for acquiring and possessing books.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; biblio- + -mania; replacing earlier bibliomanie < French
Related forms
bibliomaniac
[bib-lee-oh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌbɪb li oʊˈmeɪ niˌæk/ (Show IPA),
noun
bibliomaniacal
[bib-lee-oh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌbɪb li oʊ məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • bibliomania continues in the lobby, which is filled with floor-to-ceiling bookcases.
  • Eighteen essays written over four years reveal the author's bibliomania and compulsive proofreading habit.
British Dictionary definitions for bibliomania

bibliomania

/ˌbɪblɪəʊˈmeɪnɪə/
noun
1.
extreme fondness for books
Derived Forms
bibliomaniac, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bibliomania
n.

1734, after French bibliomanie, from biblio- + mania.

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