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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, relating to, or suggesting megalomania or a person who is afflicted with it.
Origin of megalomaniac
1885-1890
1885-90; megalo- + maniac
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  • He'd been a musical-comedy producer so long that no megalomaniacal absurdity could take him by surprise.

    The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
  • Initial paranoia, with megalomaniacal symptoms, on the basis of hereditary inferiority, with vicarious genius.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
Word Origin and History for megalomaniacal
adj.

1884, from megalomaniac + -al (1).

megalomaniac

1882 (n.), 1883 (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, "The Conquest of Happiness"]

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