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cleptomania

[klep-tuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/
noun, Psychology
Origin of cleptomania
< Greek klépt(ein) to steal + -o- + -mania
Related forms
cleptomaniac, noun

kleptomania

or cleptomania

[klep-tuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/
noun, Psychology
1.
an irresistible impulse to steal, stemming from emotional disturbance rather than economic need.
Origin
1820-30; klepto- (combining form of Greek kléptēs thief) + -mania
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British Dictionary definitions for cleptomania

cleptomania

/ˌklɛptəʊˈmeɪnɪə; -ˈmeɪnjə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of kleptomania
Derived Forms
cleptomaniac, noun

kleptomania

/ˌklɛptəʊˈmeɪnɪə/
noun
1.
(psychol) a strong impulse to steal, esp when there is no obvious motivation
Derived Forms
kleptomaniac, noun
Word Origin
C19: klepto- from Greek kleptēs thief, from kleptein to steal + -mania
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Word Origin and History for cleptomania

kleptomania

n.

1830, formed from mania + Greek kleptes "thief," from kleptein "to steal, act secretly," from PIE *klep- "to steal," an extention of root *kel- "to cover, conceal" (see cell; cf. Latin clepere "to steal, listen secretly to," Old Prussian au-klipts "hidden," Old Church Slavonic poklopu "cover, wrapping," Gothic hlifan "to steal," hliftus "thief"). Much-derided 19c. as a fancy term for old-fashioned thievery and an opportunity for the privileged to claim a psychological motive for criminal misbehavior.

There is a popular belief that some of the criminal laws under which the poor are rigorously punished are susceptible of remarkable elasticity when the peccadilloes of the rich are brought under judgment, and that there is some truth in the old adage which declares that "one man may steal a horse where another dare not look over the hedge." This unwholesome distrust is not likely to diminish if, in cases of criminal prosecutions where so-called respectable persons commit theft without sufficiently obvious motive for the act, they have their crime extenuated on the plea of kleptomania, as has recently occurred in several notable instances. ["Kleptomania," "The Lancet," Nov. 16, 1861]

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cleptomania in Medicine

kleptomania klep·to·ma·ni·a (klěp'tə-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
n.
An obsessive impulse to steal regardless of economic need, usually arising from an unconscious symbolic value associated with the stolen item.


klep'to·ma'ni·ac' (-nē-āk') adj.
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cleptomania in Culture
kleptomania [(klep-tuh-may-nee-uh)]

A compulsion to steal, usually without either economic need or personal desire.

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