Definitions

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  • n. An abnormal impulse to buy things, or a condition characterised by such impulses.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ὤνιος ("for sale") + -mania, after German Oniomanie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The literature's first mention of compulsive buying was in the early 1900s by two of Freud's disciples, Eugene Bleuler and Emil Kraepelin, who coined the term oniomania - from the Greek root "onios," which means for sale - to refer to those obsessed with making purchases.

    Signs of the Times

  • Compulsive buying was first identified in 1915 by a German doctor who called it "oniomania" for the Greek term "onios," which means "for sale."

    This Year, More Than Ever,

  • Many of the actions that Cardella describes in detail are classic symptoms of oniomania.

    Marcia G. Yerman: Compulsive Shopping - The Closeted Addiction

  • But oniomania -- the clinical term for this behavior -- is no joke.

    Marcia G. Yerman: Compulsive Shopping - The Closeted Addiction

  • According to her lawyers, she is suffering from oniomania, a compulsive urge to shop.

    The Times of India

  • Shopaholism, or oniomania, is the technical term for the compulsive desire to shop

    Personal finance and money news, analysis and comment | guardian.co.uk

  • But rather than see it as an indulgence that they can not afford, Walker believes that men are investing in themselves, adding that "good grooming" helps candidates stand out at job interviews. oniomania, is the technical term for the compulsive desire to shop, a condition first diagnosed in 1915, with sufferers often experiencing the highs and lows associated with addiction.

    Personal finance and money news, analysis and comment | guardian.co.uk

  • There are some, however, who wonder whether oniomania should, in fact, be included in the D.S.M., including Dr. Jack Drescher, a Manhattan psychiatrist and former president of the New York County chapter of the American Psychiatric Association.

    Signs of the Times

  • There are some, however, who wonder whether oniomania should, in fact, be included in the DSM, including Jack Drescher, a Manhattan psychiatrist and former president of the New York County chapter of the American Psychiatric Association.

    NYT > Global Home

  • Rather it is hoped that the haecceity of this enchiridion of arcane and recondite sesquipedalian items will appeal to the oniomania of an eximious Gemeinschaft whose legerity and sophrosyne, whose Sprachgefühl and orexis will find more than fugacious fulfillment among its felicific pages. "

    languagehat.com

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  • Noun

    Singular
    oniomania
    oniomania

    1. (psychology) An abnormal impulse to buy things.
    2. (psychology) The condition of having an uncontrollable desire to buy.

    June 10, 2009

  • onionmania: mania for purchasing onions.

    August 6, 2008

  • Mania for making purchases. (The Phrontistery)

    May 17, 2008