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- n. One who steals compulsively.
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- n. A person affected with kleptomania.
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- n. someone with an irrational urge to steal in the absence of an economic motive
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The word kleptomaniac has appeared in three New York Times articles in the past year, including on April 3 in "The Workout Begins When Pants Go Missing" by Dan Bilefsky:
Hugh, do you think the poor chap might be what they call a kleptomaniac; that is a person who has an irresistible inclination to take things that don't belong to him, or her, and generally has no use for them after stealing the same?
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Ah, transit wonk Dan Bertolet ... a slightly more credible voice than Dave Meinert in this debate, in the way a kleptomaniac is slightly more trustworthy than a meth addict.
Psychotic greedy kleptomaniac is a better description for republican politicians and their reichwing zombie army.
In handling those thefts which were formerly called kleptomaniac, and which, in spite of the refusal to use this term, are undeniable, it is customary, if they recur repeatedly, to see whether pregnancy is not the cause.
Usually the kleptomaniac is a woman, with an insane desire to steal for the mere sake of stealing.
He is quite mad, and a much more obvious public pest than any other kind of kleptomaniac; but though he is a cheat, he is not an illusion.
This is very frequently the case with that class of shop-lifters called, by courtesy, the "kleptomaniac," -- the wealthy lady who steals what she could easily have purchased.
Leastwise 'kleptomaniac' is what Colonel Sterett calls it when he's tellin 'me of a party who's afflicted sim'lar.