A disorder of impulse control characterized by a morbid tendency to steal. [G. klepto, to steal, + mania, insanity]

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klep·to·ma·nia .klep-tə-'mā-nē-ə, -nyə n a persistent neurotic impulse to steal esp. without economic motive

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a pathologically strong impulse to steal, often in the absence of any desire for the stolen object(s). It is sometimes associated with depression.

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klep·to·ma·nia (klep″to-maґne-ə) [klepto- + -mania] [DSM-IV] an uncontrollable impulse to steal objects unnecessary for personal use or monetary value, the act being preceded by tension and followed by pleasure or relief, and not caused by anger, delusion, vengeance, or hallucination.

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  • kleptomania — (n.) 1830, formed from MANIA (Cf. mania) + Gk. kleptes thief, from kleptein to steal, act secretly, from PIE *klep to steal, an extention of root *kel to cover, conceal (see CELL (Cf. cell); Cf. L. clepere …   Etymology dictionary

  • Kleptomania — Klep to*ma ni*a, n. [Gr. kle pths thief + E. mania.] A propensity to steal, claimed to be irresistible. This does not constitute legal irresponsibility. Wharton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kleptomania — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 7}}[wym. kleptomańja] {{/stl 7}}{{stl 8}}rz. ż IIb, blm {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} chorobliwa skłonność do kradzieży różnych, zwykle drobnych przedmiotów, dokonywanej pod wpływem nieodpartego impulsu <gr.> {{/stl 7}} …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • kleptomania — ► NOUN ▪ a recurrent urge to steal. DERIVATIVES kleptomaniac noun & adjective. ORIGIN from Greek klept s thief …   English terms dictionary

  • kleptomania — [klep΄tō mā′nē ə, klep΄təmā′nē ə] n. [ModL < Gr kleptēs, thief (< IE base * klep , to hide, steal > L clepere, Goth hlifan, to steal) + MANIA] an abnormal, persistent impulse or tendency to steal, not prompted by need kleptomaniac n.,… …   English World dictionary

  • Kleptomania — For other uses, see Kleptomania (disambiguation). Kleptomania Classification and external resources ICD 10 F63.2 ICD 9 …   Wikipedia

  • kleptomania — /klep teuh may nee euh, mayn yeuh/, n. Psychol. an irresistible impulse to steal, stemming from emotional disturbance rather than economic need. Also, cleptomania. [1820 30; klepto (comb. form of Gk kléptes thief) + MANIA] * * * ▪ mental disorder …   Universalium

  • kleptomania — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1830 a persistent neurotic impulse to steal especially without economic motive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kleptomania — noun /ˌklɛptəˈmeɪniə, ˈmeɪnjə/ a psychological disorder that causes an obsession with stealing without material need See Also: kleptomaniac, kleptomaniacal …   Wiktionary

  • kleptomania — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. compulsion to steal, thievishness, light fingeredness; see neurosis , theft …   English dictionary for students

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