Definition of kleptomania noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkleptəˈmeɪniə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkleptəˈmeɪniə//
[uncountable] Mental and emotional problems
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a mental illness in which somebody has a strong desire, which they cannot control, to steal things See related entries: Mental and emotional problems Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Greek kleptēs ‘thief’ + -mania.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: kleptomania