kleptomania kleptomania

Definition(s):

  • (n) an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive

Usage(s):

  1. The Kinnock kleptomania was particularly damaging to Biden since it underscored the prior concerns that he was a shallow vessel for other people's ideas.
  2. But dissenters argue that given such an opening, every thief would quickly develop symptoms of kleptomania when caught in the act.
  3. Nineteenth century psychiatrists coined a term for the irresistible impulse to swipe: they called it kleptomania, from the Greek kleptein, to steal.

News

  • 'Trailer Park Musical': DLT's production is can't-turn-away-from fun (June 14-29)

    If the words "trailer park" make you titter, if you didn't miss an episode of TLC's "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" this spring, if a musical about agoraphobia, adultery, '80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan and disco sounds like a blast, drag a metal patio chair up to the Dalton Little Theatre.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Quotes

  1. Speaking to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Alexy said homosexuality is "an illness [ and ] distortion of the human personality like kleptomania." "Why don't we have advertising for kleptomania?"
    on Oct 10, 2007 By: Patriarch Alexy II Source: Windy City Times

  2. When Claude Allen, Bush's domestic policy adviser, was arrested last year for refund fraud, Jacob Weisberg wrote that no one should be surprised: "The more we hear about what Allen is accused of, the less it sounds like kleptomania and the more it...
    on May 1, 2007 By: Jacob Weisberg Source: Slate

  3. Trisha says: "You are only making me suspicious. You may have some form of kleptomania."
    on May 27, 2007 By: Trisha Goddard Source: Glasgow Sunday Mail

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