Definition of megalomania in English:

megalomania

Line breaks: meg¦alo|mania
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛɡ(ə)lə(ʊ)ˈmeɪnɪə
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
1Obsession with the exercise of power.
More example sentences
  • His brash style and megalomania also make him enemies.
  • World domination, absolute power and obsessive megalomania - there's been a lot of it about.
  • This conviction frequently prompts its spokespersons to make irritating declarations that border on megalomania, the odious or the comical.
Synonyms
delusions of grandeur, obsessionalism, grandiosity, grandioseness; self-importance, egotism, conceit, conceitedness; Frenchfolie de grandeur
1.1Delusion about one’s own power or importance (typically as a symptom of manic or paranoid disorder).
More example sentences
  • The paper has opened a nationwide debate on whether he should be allowed to continue in power now that he is revealing signs of megalomania and paranoia.
  • It was the least of his transgressions in a career notable for its paranoia, deceptions, moral vacuum and megalomania.
  • But Napoleon was probably beginning to suffer from megalomania: he had succeeded to such a tremendous extent that perhaps all things seemed possible.

Derivatives

megalomanic

Pronunciation: /-ˈmanɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Here we find many of the more megalomanic conclusions: ‘I am God’; ‘I want to be the brightest light, the greatest sun.’
  • Seriously, just how do people get these megalomanic notions?
  • His extensive knowledge of historical style contributed to, but was submerged beneath, forms dictated by megalomanic fantasies.

Definition of megalomania in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day neoteny
Pronunciation: nēˈätn-ē
noun
retention of juvenile features in the adult animal