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megalomania

[meg-uh-loh-mey-nee-uh] /ˌmɛg ə loʊˈmeɪ ni ə/
noun
1.
Psychiatry. a symptom of mental illness marked by delusions of greatness, wealth, etc.
2.
an obsession with doing extravagant or grand things.
Origin of megalomania
1885-1890
1885-90; megalo- + -mania
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megalomania

/ˌmɛɡələʊˈmeɪnɪə/
noun
1.
a mental illness characterized by delusions of grandeur, power, wealth, etc
2.
(informal) a lust or craving for power
Derived Forms
megalomaniac, adjective, noun
megalomaniacal (ˌmɛɡələʊməˈnaɪəkəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for megalomania
n.

"delusions of greatness," 1866, from French mégalomanie; see megalo- + mania "madness."

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megalomania in Medicine

megalomania meg·a·lo·ma·ni·a (měg'ə-lō-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
n.

  1. A psychopathological condition in which delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence predominate.

  2. An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions.


meg'a·lo·ma'ni·ac' n.
meg'a·lo·ma·ni'a·cal (-mə-nī'ə-kəl) or meg'a·lo·man'ic (-mān'ĭk) adj.
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megalomania in Culture
megalomania [(meg-uh-loh-may-nee-uh)]

Delusions of grandeur; an extreme form of egotism. Adolf Hitler is generally considered to have been a megalomaniac.

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