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megalomania n : a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur

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English

Etymology

First attested in 1890, from French mégalomanie, from Greek μέγα- (mega-) great + μανία (mania) insanity.

Pronunciation

Rhymes: -eɪniə

Noun

  1. A psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence.
  2. An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions.

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Translations

a psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence
an obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions
  • Norwegian: stormannsgalskap

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Extensive Definition

Megalomania (from the Greek word μεγαλομανία) is a historical term for behavior characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, genius, or omnipotence - often generally termed as delusions of grandeur. The word is a collaboration of the word "mania" meaning madness and the Greek "megalo" meaning "very large", "great", or "exaggerated", thus combining to denote an obsession with, either in the form of irrational perceived need for or preoccupation with in one's own estimation having and/or obtaining, grandiosity and extravagance (especially in the form of great fame and popularity, material wealth, social influence or political power, or more than one or even all of the aforesaid) and accompanying complete desirous and bombastic abandon; a common symptom if not the key diagnostic feature of megalomania.
It may be a symptom of manic or paranoid disorders. However it is not considered a distinct mental disorder of itself according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
megalomania in German: Größenwahn
megalomania in Spanish: Megalomanía
megalomania in Esperanto: Megalomanio
megalomania in French: Mégalomanie
megalomania in Italian: Megalomania
megalomania in Hebrew: מגלומניה
megalomania in Dutch: Grootheidswaanzin
megalomania in Swedish: Storhetsvansinne
megalomania in Turkish: Megalomani
Songs written about megalomania include 'Megalomaniac' By Incubus and 'Megalomania' by popular British Rock band Muse.
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