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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 of bibliomania
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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Examples from the Web for bibliomania
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  • bibliomania is, of all species of insanity, the most rational and praise-worthy.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • Duplicates, first buying of, 16—most virulent form of bibliomania, 173.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
  • The possession of a private printing-press is, no doubt, a very appalling type of bibliomania.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
  • This discovery may be considered, in some measure, as the result of the bibliomania.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • He is introduced under the name of Prospero in Dibdin's bibliomania.

    English Book Collectors William Younger Fletcher
  • See the note p. 11, in the first edition of the bibliomania.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • In the first place, the disease of the bibliomania is materially softened, or rendered mild, by directing ourB.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • Of his attachment to the bibliomania there are innumerable proofs.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • And thus I close the account of my recipes for the cure of the bibliomania.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • Yet there are other departments of the bibliomania which may be successfully discussed.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
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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