mythomania


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mythomania

(mĭth′ə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
n.
A compulsion to embroider the truth, engage in exaggeration, or tell lies.

myth′o·ma′ni·ac′ (-ăk′) n.

mythomania

(mĭth″ō-mā′nē-ă) [Gr. mythos, myth, + mania, madness]
Abnormal tendency to lie and exaggerate.
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"What is the number of patients who have suffered from mythomania and hubris syndrome in Turkey over the last 11 years?" Tanrykulu asked in his question on Monday.
Domoslawski defers to a former New York Times correspondent who knew Kapuscinski to sum up such mythomania: "As the years went by, he became a member of the intelligentsia.
This is so obviously a logical fallacy that I can only assume that Faye and the neopagans are engaging in a deliberate act of mythomania. Of course, numerous historians have shown that egalitarianism is, at least in part, a secularized version of the Christian equality of souls, but the assumption made by egalitarians of every stripe--that history is a progressive human construct moving toward a universal egalitarian state of social perfection--is a blatant (and heretical) falsification of orthodox Christian doctrine.
Professor Ljubomir Frckovski comments for Dnevnik that a particular problem in this country is the fact that some national -ethnic mythomania is being created.
As late as the mid-1980s, Ellison's notes on the novel still refer to Sunraider as "Rhineheart," as though each name summons merely a different iteration of a man who, in his "mythomania" and "ironic self-rejection ...
The scene summarizes itself the true nature of the assailed tyrant: cynicism and mythomania. He even confessed that after him there would nothing but anarchy.
"In reality, this is not a matter of a lie but of mythomania. This behavior, no matter how immoral it is, is not abnormal.
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Oliver rather pessimistically suggests that the "mythomania" surrounding Hemingway, who was "his own first mythmaker," is so pervasive that readers must either ignore it or "admit that Hemingway is a writer for whom what he wrote is secondary to who he was" (24-25).
Perhaps it is not unlike the common attitude of Canadians towards Americans in most unequal cultural exchanges between our two countries, in that we have seen the "mythomania and self-inflation" so prevalent to the south of us and have been repelled by it, using satire as our answer to myth.
According to Ugresic, "National mythomania is confirmed by 'serious' claims about the Iranian origin of the Croats and popular phrases about the Croatian state as the 'thousand-year dream of all Croats'" (Culture 81).
He presents an astonishing phenomenon of collective mythomania. Some of his prophets, Nampas, Nakomaha, among others, are pathological cases'.