mania-, -mania, -maniac, -maniacal, -manic, -manically, -maniacally

(Greek: a specific mental disorder or obsessive preoccupation with something; madness, frenzy; obsession, or abnormal desire for or with something or someone; also, an excessive enthusiasm or fondness for something)

astrapomania (s) (noun); astrapomanias (pl)
An unusually strong fascination or craze for lightening and thunder storms.
1. A compulsion toward solitude or of being by oneself.
2. A preoccupation with suicide.
1. An obsessive desire to commit suicide.
2. A condition in which someone is suicidal.
A passionate addiction to ballet dancing.
A fascination with bullets.
A craze for establishing banks.
A frenzied desire for anything related to the British singing group, "The Beatles".
bibliokleptomania, bibliocleptomania (s) (noun); bibliokleptomanias, bibliocleptomanias (pl)
1. A morbid tendency or compulsion to steal and to possess books.
2. A book thief who is regarded as someone who has a mental problem.
Stealing books from the library
Reading stolen books at home.
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A "private collector" acquires additional books for his personal library.

Pointing to a page about a kleptomaniac See another bibliokleptomaniac who was in the news.

bibliokleptomaniac (s) (noun), bibliokleptomaniacs (pl)
1. A book thief who is often regarded as being insane.
2. Someone who has an uncontrollable or a compulsive desire to steal and possess books.
bibliomania (s) (noun), bibliomanias (pl)
An intense desire to collect and possess books; especially, rare and curious ones; crazy about books: Kim's bibliomania has resulted in a compulsion to have books stacked in all of her rooms, on and next to the full shelves.
An excessive desire to collect book.
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bibliomaniac (s) (noun), bibliomaniacs (pl)
Someone who has an intense desire to collect and possess books.
bibliomaniacal (noun), more bibliomaniacal, most bibliomaniacal
A reference to anyone who has an intense and inordinate desire to collect and possess books; especially, rare and curious ones.
An excessive production of bracts (a type of leaf).
A mania caused by the use of bromine; an organic mental disorder produced by chronic bromide intoxication.
bruxomania, brycomania
1. A gnashing, grinding, gritting, and clenching of the teeth in other than normal chewing movements occurring unconsciously in the daytime; sometimes resulting in a loosening of the teeth and a bleeding of the gums.
2. Compulsive and continual crushing of the teeth together, with intermittent grinding.
3. The involuntary, "nervous" grinding of the teeth while a patient is awake.

It is thought bruxomania occurs as a way to relieve tension or stress and was first diagnosed as a medical condition in 1907.

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Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "anger, angry; rage, wrath, fury; rave": fur-, furi-; ira-; lysso-; rab-, rav-.