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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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mythomaniac - FINANCE CONSULTANT MICHAEL HITCHCOCK Had fingers in the till from day one and twice threatened to kill me - FORMER CEO DARREN TOPP YESTERDAY Verdict on Green He thought we would fail, but sold BHS to us nevertheless.
"I think the technical term is a mythomaniac. The lay person's term is he - Chappell - was a Premier League liar and a Sunday pub league retailer, at best."
(12) A family romance is a personal, biographic narrative resulting from the mythomaniac imagination of a child who feels unloved and rejected by one or both of his parents and thus develops neurotic behavior, which can continue--secretly or overtly--in adult life.
Even in this extremity, though, Prokofiev avoided the grizzling of Shostakovich's mea culpa, which exhibited, as Morrison puts it, "language evocative of an ill-behaved schoolchild stuck in detention, writing the same line ad infinitum on a chalkboard." (Shostakovich, Morrison further observes--in a telling epigram aimed at the moral pretensions of that composer's current mythomaniac worshippers--"had perfected the art of actively resenting, rather than actively resisting, a regime whose identity was wrapped up with his own.") A stroke in 1949, probably hastened by Zdhanov's antics, further sapped Prokofiev's powers.
The fact is that Peres is a liar, actually a mythomaniac. I was told this many many years ago by Golda Meir, who was honest and, if anything, honest to a fault.
If the devil is in the details, then Stanley Kubrick had a fruitful pact with Mephis-topheles, judging by "Stanley Kubrick's Boxes." Left-of-field docu by confessed fan Jon Ronson reveals yet another of the mythomaniac director's eccentricities: a huge collection of cardboard boxes in which he saved every memo, fan letter and piece of production trivia, mostly from "2001: A Space Odyssey" on.
In his chapter on Encolpius, the 'mythomaniac narrator,' Gian Biagio Conte proposes: The great literary model provides ready-made a noble and solemn representation, the one dramatized version capable of giving a little meaning to the empty container that is the petty reality of the everyday.
Like his friend Andre Malraux, Babel was a mythomaniac who loved to invent and revise the facts of his life.
But there is a paranoid, mythomaniac edge to his acting out.
Wilson is played by the British comedian Steve Coogan, a genius of bathos and a failure specialist who captures--as no one else could--the never-ending deflations of this voluble, mythomaniac figure.
More important, Wells presents the data that make the case that Ellsberg is a mythomaniac and a poseur.
Lillian Hellman is a "Mythomaniac grump," Valerie Bettis's "pelvic thrusts make Martha Graham buffs hiss," and Mary McCarthy wears a "shit-eating grin"--the Boys Only Club version of this scene gets old fast.