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

Definition of megalomania in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Obsession with the exercise of power.
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;
1.1Delusion about one’s own power or importance (typically as a symptom of manic or paranoid disorder).
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

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛɡ(ə)lə(ʊ)ˈmanɪk/
adjective
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.

Words that rhyme with megalomania

Albania, balletomania, bibliomania, crania, dipsomania, egomania, erotomania, kleptomania, Lithuania, Lusitania, mania, Mauritania, miscellanea, monomania, nymphomania, Pennsylvania, Pomerania, pyromania, Rainier, Romania, Ruritania, Tasmania, Transylvania, Urania

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