kleptomania: compulsive stealing, usually of objects that have symbolic significance but not intrinsic value to the thief [from Greek, kleptein, to steal + mania, madness].

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Klep`to*ma"ni*a (?), n. [Gr. thief + E. mania.]

A propensity to steal, claimed to be irresistible. This does not constitute legal irresponsibility.

Wharton.

 

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