One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A recurrent urge to steal, typically without regard for need or profit.
- ‘Although ordinary acts of theft or shoplifting can be deliberate, motivated by a need, a desire, peer pressure, or rebellion, in extremely rare cases, a person who steals may have kleptomania.’
- ‘Brain scans won't reveal that you're an obsessive compulsive or suffer from kleptomania.’
- ‘I don't know what worries me more - her kleptomania or her taste in art.’
- ‘He earned the enmity of gay people everywhere in 1998 when he compared homosexuality to kleptomania and alcoholism.’
- ‘He displayed aggressive behaviour, emotional immaturity, impulsiveness, rejection of authority and manipulative behaviour, lied, swore and had a leaning towards kleptomania.’
- ‘A ‘disturbed soul’, Edwin suffers from kleptomania, a compulsion that appears simultaneously with his realisation that he's gay.’
- ‘People with kleptomania often have another psychiatric disorder, often a mood disorder such as depression and anxiety.’
- ‘When Ann gets home, she's ashamed, haunted by her moment of kleptomania.’
- ‘The profile of the basic kind of person who suffers from kleptomania is that of somebody who has had a chaotic upbringing.’
- ‘More than 1.2 million people in the United States are thought to suffer from kleptomania.’
- ‘Were it not for her kleptomania (she steals toys in department stores) and tendency to faint, one would assume she was a very happy woman.’
- ‘Bradshaw, defending, said two independent reports both said she suffered from kleptomania.’
- ‘They attribute his stealing of petty items to an untreated and undiagnosed case of kleptomania, a psychiatric condition that causes a person to steal compulsively.’
- ‘Under the psychotherapist/patient privilege, a patient trying to address his kleptomania in therapy could reveal that he stole a computer from his office, and the psychiatrist could not testify about that revelation in court.’
- ‘Diseases of the mind may manifest themselves in other ways which do not involve violence, for example, pyromania or kleptomania.’
- ‘He doesn't need to steal, so the only motivation can be pleasure or something like kleptomania.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek kleptēs ‘thief’ + -mania.
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