V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a greed or hunger for power and control; 2. a psychiatric disorder in which a person believes he or she is more powerful, important, or influential than is actual

Synonyms: egomania, self-importance, self-interest, vanity, delusion [of grandeur]

Antonyms: humility, self-deprecation

Tips: When megalomania is used in the colloquial sense of "a greed for power," it is negative. Someone suffering from the mental disorder megalomania is called a megalomaniac.

Usage Examples:

Now that he is class president, I think he is suffering from a case of megalomania--he thinks he should rule us all! (egomania, vanity)

The doctor wanted to treat the megalomaniac by helping to differentiate his real life position from the position of grandeur he imagined himself to hold. (egomaniac) noun

When a dictator suffers from megalomania, the people under his rule suffer. (self-interest, egomania)

She clearly suffers from megalomania, because she thinks she's the most important person in the world. (egomania, delusion)

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