Definition of Kleptomania

1. Noun. An irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive.

Generic synonyms: Cacoethes, Mania, Passion



Definition of Kleptomania

1. n. A propensity to steal, claimed to be irresistible. This does not constitute legal irresponsibility.

Definition of Kleptomania

1. Noun. (psychology) a psychological disorder that causes an obsession with stealing without material need ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Kleptomania

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Medical Definition of Kleptomania

1. A propensity to steal, claimed to be irresistible. This does not constitute legal irresponsibility. Origin: Gr. Thief + E. Mania. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Kleptomania

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1. The Individual Delinquent: A Text-book of Diagnosis and Prognosis for All by William Healy (1915)
"Pathological Stealing — " Kleptomania." In common with many authors we are much averse to using the term " kleptomania." * This is because of the loose way ..."

2. Crabb's English Synonyms by George Crabb (1917)
"Kleptomania is a specialized scientific word, suggesting an abnormal ... Kleptomania is an irresistible tendency to theft actuating people who are not ..."

3. The Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity by John Hutton Balfour Browne (1875)
"Kleptomania as a Premonitory Symptom of General Insanity.—To show that it may exist as a ... Necessity for Distinguishing Kleptomania from Sane Theft. ..."

4. The Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity: With References to the Scotch and by John Hutton Balfour Browne (1880)
"As to the Frequency of Kleptomania.—We will only in this place add a very few words. Kleptomania is bv no means common. The " Times" upon one occasion said: ..."

5. Anomalies and curiosities of medicine by George Milbry Gould, Walter Lytle Pyle (1901)
"... examples of which have been cited by Cullere," is the fear of stealing objects in view, and is often the prelude of kleptomania. The latter disease has ..."

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