monomania

(redirected from monomaniacs)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
See: obsession

MONOMANIA. med. jur. Insanity only upon a particular subject; and with a single delusion of the mind.
     2. The most simple form of this disorder is that in which the patient has imbibed some single notion, contrary to common sense and to his own experience, and which seems, and no doubt really is, dependent on errors of sensation. It is supposed the mind in other respects retains its intellectual powers. In order to avoid any civil act done, or criminal responsibility incurred, it must manifestly appear that the act in question was the effect of monomania. Cyclop. Pract. Medicine, title Soundness and Unsoundness of Mind; Dr. Ray on Insanity, Sec. 203; 13 Ves. 89; 3 Bro. C. C. 444; 1 Addams' R. 283; Hagg. R. 18; 2 Addams' R. 102; 2 Addams' R. 79, 94, 209; 5 Car. & P. 168; Dr. Burrows on Insanity, 484, 485. Vide Delusion; Mania; and Trebuchet, Jur. de la Med. 55 to 58.

References in periodicals archive ?
George Tucker must be cast aside in favor of the ideas of such lawless power-mongering monomaniacs as Marx, Mao, and Marshall.
Disney fellow Danny Hillis also spoke at the party, quoting management guru Peter Drucker: ``He said people who are monomaniacs, who are trying to change the world, are almost certainly doomed to failure.
Nor do monomaniacs, although that term is too strong for Shylock, whose obsession about the pound of flesh commences only as his daughter elopes and is mediated even at the trial by accurate reflections upon the Christians that are as keen as his sharpened knife.
In the age of globalisation, it was heartening to find that not all the spoils belonged to the superpowers and that victors need not be lean, mean monomaniacs dedicated to winning at all costs.
Many characters in literature, from antiquity to the present, have embodied such extravagant "humors," all-too-human traits carried to inhuman lengths, although not until the romantics and modernists do these monomaniacs appear as full-fledged narrators.
Poe's eccentrics, "magnificent geniuses," or obscure monomaniacs who pursue their peculiar interests and step into the "other" life are forebears of some of Sfakianakis's estranged heroes, who cannot or do not want to function in the ordinary world.
If CEOs are to be successful, they must become visionary monomaniacs who can drive their companies forward.