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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, pertaining to, or suggesting megalomania or a person who is afflicted with it.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; megalo- + maniac
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Word Origin and History for megalomaniacs

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"]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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