Definitions

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

  • n. A compulsion to embroider the truth, engage in exaggeration, or tell lies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A compulsion to tell lies and exaggerate the truth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abnormal propensity to untruthfulness, especially to the telling of stories, affecting oneself or others, which have no foundation on fact.

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Examples

  • But in the astonishing performance of Mr. Rylance (who won a Tony Award last year for "Boeing-Boeing"), he becomes a figure of grandeur, a man both poisoned and exalted by his own mythomania.

    Gershon Hepner: Whose Feet in Ancient Times?

  • But this is not about leadership, it's about personality -- Rock star style, mythomania placed on a man from virtually nowhere.

    Tom Hayden: The New Phase for Obama, Clinton and the Rest of Us

  • Arendt's analysis seems remarkably prescient about Rove's and Bush's mythomania:

    John Seery: Bush the Bluffer

  • I remain a bit mystified by the mythomania surrounding her; perhaps she was a dynamic teacher or reader, and it stems from her having worked the poetry circuit a lot or something.

    Breakfast in Bed

  • I imagine, with an éclat of fat and a frenzy of mythomania

    Vanessa Place, Round One

  • Lovecraft super-charges various modern and post-modern mythemes such as the ancient astronauts (although Jason Colavito goes too far when he ascribes the whole complex to HPL), the Antarctic secret (from Hollow Earths to Nazi Refuges), scientific discoveries and secret histories that They are hushing up (although the atheist HPL didn't riff on Biblical themes as much as modern mythomania naturally does), cryptids, alien experimentation on humans, and so forth.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • The B.S. from Chavez can reach far, into mythomania....

    03/19/2006 - 03/26/2006

  • Has he become deranged through some form of mythomania?

    05/21/2006 - 05/28/2006

  • The secret dossiers—apart from their Merovingian mythomania—lay great emphasis on the Holy Grail, the tribe of Benjamin and the New Testament character Mary Magdalene.

    The Templar Revelation

  • Africa is a place where you meet people like this, who -- there ` s a bit of mythomania in it.

    Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

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