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Wednesday, August 16, 2000

Definitions for megalomania

  1. A mania for grandiose or extravagant things or actions.
  2. A mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.

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Citations for megalomania
Eighteen months generally elapse nowadays between the time a publisher accepts a manuscript and its appearance in book form -- the gestation period of an elephant. During that year and a half of waiting, a writer is visited by every emotion in the fun house, from rosy anticipation to exultation, megalomania, brooding, dread, cringing humility, avarice, guilt and, finally, stolid acceptance. Phillip Lopate, New York Times
He too often allows us to laugh off notions that science might occasionally be the handmaiden of megalomania, greed, and sadism. David J. Skal, Screams of Reason: Mad Science and Modern Culture
Origin of megalomania
Megalomania is Scientific Latin, from the Greek elements megal-, great + mania, madness.
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