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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Noun- A craze for buying things.

Usage examples (8)
  • 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...
  • Compulsive buying was first identified in 1915 by a German doctor who called it "oniomania" for the Greek term "onios," which means "for sale."
  • But oniomania -- the clinical term for this behavior -- is no joke.
  • Many of the actions that Cardella describes in detail are classic symptoms of oniomania. for more
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