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monomaniac (plural monomaniacs)

  1. A person who is obsessed with a single thing, to the exclusion of other concerns.
    • 1859, George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Chapter 15:
      To talk nonsense, or poetry, or the dash between the two, in a tone of profound sincerity, and to enunciate solemn discordances with received opinion so seriously as to convey the impression of a spiritual insight, is the peculiar gift by which monomaniacs, having first persuaded themselves, contrive to influence their neighbours, and through them to make conquest of a good half of the world, for good or for ill.
    • 1873, Horatio Alger, Bound to Rise, Ch. X
      Harry knew now that the old man was crazy, or at least a monomaniac, and, though he seemed harmless enough, it was of course possible that he might be dangerous.
    • 1890, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Firm of Girdlestone, Ch. 44
      He had never yet been able to determine whether the old man was a consummate hypocrite or a religious monomaniac.





  1. Focused on one thing above all others.
    • 1851Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Ch. 133
      ...then it was that monomaniac Ahab, furious with this tantalizing vicinity of his foe, which placed him all alive and helpless in the very jaws he hated; frenzied with all this, he seized the long bone with his naked hands, and wildly strove to wrench it from its gripe.


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From French monomaniaque


monomaniac m or n (feminine singular monomaniacă, masculine plural monomaniaci, feminine and neuter plural monomaniace)

  1. monomaniac