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)

1. Zealous idolatry.
2. An abnormal interest in idols.
A passion, excessive interest in, or craze for islands.
An excessive interest in things related to Italy or Italians.
1. A morbid interest in novelty or new trends.
2. A strong tendency to possess new things.
An uncontrollable compulsion to sit down.
kenomania, cenomania (s) (noun); kenomanias, cenomanias (pl)
A strong desire to be in open, barren, and empty places away from other people.
A compulsion for movement; an excessive desire to be on the move.
In psychiatry, a compulsion to shout or compulsive shouting; usually a motor discharge phenomenon based on mesencephalic or other central nervous system irritation.
kleptomania (s) (noun), kleptomanias (pl)
An irresistible tendency to steal, not because of a necessity, but as a result of a mental compulsion: Sam was concerned about the unusual amount of jewelry that he found in the cupboard and wondered if his partner was experiencing an episode of kleptomania and was stealing items from the flea markets.
The theft of things that are not needed.
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kleptomaniac, cleptomaniac (s) (noun); kleptomaniacs, cleptomaniacs (pl)
A person who is affected with the compulsion to steal even when it is not a necessity: The kleptomaniac was apprehended when he stole some items in the grocery store and left without paying for them even though he had plenty of money.
Don’t worry if you’re a kleptomaniac, you can always take something for it.
—Author Unknown
A compulsive stealing of things that are not needed.
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An older form of kleptomania.
A tic (nervous twitch) marked by rhythmic movements.

1. A mental disorder characterized by lustful, sadistic, lewd, and lecherous actions.
2. Particularly, a sexual sadism in a man.
3. An abnormal preoccupation with lewd talk and actions.
A compulsion to talk excessively.
A descriptive term for a person who has a compulsion, or an abnormal desire, to talk excessively.

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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-.