follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

megalomaniac

[meg-uh-loh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌmɛg ə loʊˈmeɪ niˌæk/
noun
1.
a person afflicted with megalomania.
adjective
2.
Also, megalomaniacal
[meg-uh-loh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌmɛg ə loʊ məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA),
megalomanic
[meg-uh-loh-man-ik] /ˌmɛg ə loʊˈmæn ɪk/ (Show IPA)
. of, pertaining to, or suggesting megalomania or a person who is afflicted with it.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; megalo- + maniac
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for megalomaniacal
megalomaniac
1890 (n.), 1899 (adj.), from megalomania (q.v.).
"The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history." [Bertrand Russell]
Related: Megalomaniacal.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for megalomaniac

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for megalomaniacal

21
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with megalomaniacal