Had Pistol lived in these days he would have said, 'kleptomania the wise it call.'
A euphemism of kleptomania had been offered and accepted as sufficient excuse for her crime.
One man is afflicted with colour-blindness, another with kleptomania.
But I have succeeded; I have drawn you back from kleptomania to your own clear moral strength.
It may be kleptomania,—God knows; but whatever it is, she threw off all disguise.
Another fancied it was a question of kleptomania or "something really weird."
The victim of kleptomania will steal any and everything; they are like magpies in this respect.
kleptomania, a propensity to theft; common in women in easy circumstances.
I recollect how there used to be a regular little joke at her expense on the subject of kleptomania.
Another periodical insanity is kleptomania, in which insane stealing occurs at intervals of greater or lesser regularity.
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]
kleptomania klep·to·ma·ni·a (klěp'tə-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
An obsessive impulse to steal regardless of economic need, usually arising from an unconscious symbolic value associated with the stolen item.
A compulsion to steal, usually without either economic need or personal desire.