Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Excessive sexual desire.
  • n. Psychiatry A delusional, romantic preoccupation with a stranger, often a public figure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a disorder in which a person has a delusion of a romantic relationship with another person
  • n. excessive sexual inclination or desire

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, mental alienation or melancholy caused by love; love-sickness.

Etymologies

Greek erōtomaniā : erōs, erōt-, sexual love + -maniā, -mania.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἐρωτικός (erōtikos, "related to love"), which is from ἔρως (erōs, "passionate or sexual love"); eroto- + -mania. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But I think since you ` ve the word "celebrity worship," and it can go into what we call erotomania, which is another phrase for it - eroto meaning "about love," and that it ` s, you know, manic about love - is that, turn that celebrity worship into worshipping yourself.

    CNN Transcript Jun 9, 2006

  • SAUNDERS: Well, this was a classic case of what we call erotomania, and it ` s a delusional disorder where a stalker or a person believes that there is a relationship between them and the celebrity.

    CNN Transcript Nov 12, 2008

  • The first time I’ve ever heard the term erotomania as well.

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  • This type of erotomania is characterized by the knowledge that the victim does not love them back.

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  • And that ` s really erotomania, which is having a delusional fixation on another person.

    CNN Transcript Jan 11, 2007

  • Also know as erotomania, De Clérambault's syndrome is one in which a delusional belief is held by a patient that another person, usually older and of higher social status, famous, wealthy or in a professional relationship with the patient is deeply in love with them.

    Mental Nurse

  • In some quarters there has been some recrudescence of the _Shakti_ cultus, with its often obscene and horrible rites, and the unnatural depravity which was so marked a feature in the case of the band of young Brahmans who conspired to murder Mr. Jackson at Nasik represents a form of erotomania which is certainly much more common amongst Hindu political fanatics than amongst Hindus in general.

    Indian Unrest

  • The term is "erotomania," defined by the conviction that someone is in love with you.

    RogerEbert Headlines

  • Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer.

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  • While George H.W. Bush's White House slipped Brock a psychiatric opinion that Hill suffered from “erotomania,” Silberman met with Brock to suggest even more colorful criticism of Hill.

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  • See erotolepsy.

    August 22, 2009

  • A rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that another person, usually of a higher social status, is in love with him or her. (Wikipedia)

    May 17, 2008