megalomania


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megalomania

 [meg″ah-lo-ma´ne-ah]
a mental state characterized by delusions of exaggerated personal importance, wealth, power, or goodness. adj., adj megaloma´niac.

meg·a·lo·ma·ni·a

(meg'ă-lō-mā'nē-ă),
1. A type of delusion in which the afflicted person considers himself or herself possessed of greatness. He/she believes him/herself to be Christ, God, Napoleon, anyone famous, or everyone and everything, including a lawyer, physician, clergyman, merchant, prince, or super athlete in all sports.
2. Morbid verbalized overevaluation of oneself or of some aspect of oneself.
[megalo- + G. mania, frenzy]

megalomania

/meg·a·lo·ma·nia/ (-ma´ne-ah) unreasonable conviction of one's own extreme greatness, goodness, or power.megaloma´niac

megalomania

(mĕg′ə-lō-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
n.
1. A psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence.
2. An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions.

meg′a·lo·ma′ni·ac′ n.
meg′a·lo·ma·ni′a·cal (-mə-nī′ə-kəl), meg′a·lo·man′ic (-măn′ĭk) adj.

megalomania

[meg′əlōmā′nē·ə]
Etymology: Gk, megas + mania, madness
an abnormal mental state characterized by delusions of grandeur in which one believes oneself to be a person of great importance, power, fame, or wealth. Also called grandiosity. See also mania.
A popular term for what the American Psychiatric Association terms ‘delusional disorder, grandiose subtype’ DSM-IV 297.1. Delusions of grandeur are characterised as ‘delusions of inflated worth, power, knowledge, identity, or special relationship to a deity or famous person’

meg·a·lo·ma·ni·a

(meg'ă-lō-mā'nē-ă)
1. A delusion of greatness; e.g., belief that one is Christ, God, Napoleon, a prince, or an ace athlete in all divisions of sport.
2. Morbid verbalized overevaluation of oneself or of some aspect of oneself.
[megalo- + G. mania, frenzy]

megalomania

A delusion of power, wealth, omnipotence or grandeur.
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