What does kleptomania mean?

Definitions for kleptomaniaˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kleptomania(noun)

    an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive


  1. kleptomania(Noun)

    a psychological disorder that causes an obsession with stealing without material need

  2. Origin: From κλέπτω + -mania

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kleptomania(noun)

    a propensity to steal, claimed to be irresistible. This does not constitute legal irresponsibility

  2. Origin: [Gr. kle`pths thief + E. mania.]


  1. Kleptomania

    Kleptomania is the inability to refrain from the urge to steal items for reasons other than personal use or financial gain. First described in 1816, kleptomania is classified in psychiatry as an impulse control disorder. Alternatively, some of the main characteristics of the disorder, which consist of recurring intrusion feelings, an inability to resist the urge to steal, and a release of pressure following the theft, suggest that kleptomania could be an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder, although this is disputed. The disorder is frequently under-diagnosed and is regularly associated with other psychiatric disorders, particularly anxiety and eating disorders, and alcohol and substance abuse. Patients with kleptomania are typically treated with therapies in other areas due to the comorbid grievances rather than issues directly related to kleptomania. Over the last 100 years, a shift from psychotherapeutic to psychopharmacological interventions for kleptomania has occurred. Pharmacological treatments using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, mood stabilizers and opioid receptor antagonists, and other antidepressants along with cognitive behavioral therapy, have yielded positive results.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kleptomania

    klep-to-mā′ni-a, n. a mania for stealing: a morbid impulse to secrete things.—n. Kleptomā′niac. [Gr. kleptein to steal, mania, madness.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kleptomania in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kleptomania in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thornton:

    I do borrow from other writers, shamelessly I can only say in my defense, like the woman brought before the judge on a charge of kleptomania, I do steal, but, your Honor, only from the very best stores.

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