Sunday, June 23, 2013

Phobias & manias: megalomania

This is a word you will probably know as it is recognizable in many languages. Anyhow, let's take a closer look at the word for today which is...


This word refers to a delusion that someone is great or powerful; it's a mental disorder; it's also an obsession with doing extravagant things; in Polish we have exactly the same word and it is megalomania. And this is how you pronounce the word megalomania.

A few examples from the Internet:
  • Football: 'Blatter suffers from megalomania'.
  • He suffers from megalomania.' Those are the first words to come up in the mind of Patricia Brunklaus, confronted with the name of cult leader Amdi Petersen.
  • Do you agree with James Murdoch that the BBC suffers from megalomania?
  • He suffers from megalomania and doesn't mind sacrificing the lives of others, as happened in the invasion of Lebanon.
  • The dictator suffers from megalomania in planning to construct large palaces with...        

My question to you:
Are you a megalomaniac? Do you know any?

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