Megalomania; An extreme form of selfishness. Adolf Hitler is generally regarded as a megalomaniac. This is not to say that Romney should strive for megalomania of Newtonian proportions. Of this megalomania the emperor was the eloquent and insolent orator in innumerable speeches. If you seriously think that you are the only person smart enough to solve the financial crisis and you demand that you take responsibility, people will think you are a megalomaniac. Beethoven, of course, was no stranger to megalomania, and he even liked to boast of his vanity in front of his friends. Just as racial theory must inevitably lead to megalomania and reaction, it must inevitably lead to militarism. What should be a generous and partly altruistic exaltation becomes mere megalomania. Even if racial heresy is to lead to racial megalomania, it must lead to political reaction and caste government. I lost my mind, I had megalomania; But then I was joyful, confident, and even happy; I was interesting and original. It`s supposed to read as a vulnerability, but it sounds a lot like megalomania, certainly the opposite of what Larraín wanted.
A megalomaniac is a pathological egoist, that is, someone with a mental disorder with symptoms such as megalomania and obsession with power. We also use the word megalomaniac more informally for people who behave as if they are convinced of their absolute power and greatness. Your egocentric garden variety may be self-centered and arrogant, but it is a bit gentle compared to the megalomaniac who wants to control the world. Find out which words work together and create more natural English with the Oxford Collocations Dictionary app. Find the answers online with Practical English Usage, your go-to guide to problems in English. Join our community to access the latest language learning tips and assessment from Oxford University Press!.