Kleptomania meaning

klĕptə-mānē-ə, -mānyə
An obsessive impulse to steal regardless of economic need.
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An abnormal, persistent impulse or tendency to steal, not prompted by need.
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A psychiatric disorder characterized by an irresistible impulse to steal things even though there is no personal or financial need for them.
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(psychology) A psychological disorder that causes an uncontrollable obsession with stealing without economic or material need.
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Origin of kleptomania

  • Greek kleptein to steal –mania

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek κλέπτω (kleptō, “I steal”) + -mania

    From Wiktionary