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

Etymologies

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

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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,

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

    Marcia G. Yerman: Compulsive Shopping - The Closeted Addiction

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

    Marcia G. Yerman: Compulsive Shopping - The Closeted Addiction

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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

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  • Mania for making purchases. (The Phrontistery)

    May 17, 2008

  • onionmania: mania for purchasing onions.

    August 6, 2008

  • 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

  • Now some people browse for a swap

    And others use Paypal to shop,

    But oniomania

    Infects certain crania

    And online they never need stop.

    June 24, 2018