Thursday, February 24, 2011

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Kleptomania

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary kleptomania is "a persistent neurotic impulse to steal especially without economic motive". Like the woman in the picture.
According to the Etymology Dictionary kleptomania derives from Greek kleptes- "thief" and -mania "compulsion or obsession".
Cleptobiosis has got the same root as kleptomania. Another words with the root klepto- or clepto- are: biblioklept, clepsydra, kleptocracy. Other words with the root -mania are: heroinomania, melomania, erotomania.


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