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monomania

an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc.
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Nor, at the time, had it failed to enter his monomaniac mind, that all the anguish of that then present suffering was but the direct issue of a former woe; and he too plainly seemed to see, that as the most poisonous reptile of the marsh perpetuates his kind as inevitably as the sweetest songster of the grove; so, equally with every felicity, all miserable events do naturally beget their like.
Like Balder and Firmilian, this monomaniac (who has just murdered his nephew) sees crime in terms of passion, even pleasure ('red kiss'), and as a stage in his quest for the ultimate in sensation.
The monomaniac tenant orchestrates the exact positioning of his furniture.
Both vied in wry self-deprecation: Balthus summed up his own painting by saying, "I do surrealism in the style of Courbet," while Klossowski claimed to be no artist, writer, thinker, or philosopher "but first, foremost, and always, a monomaniac.
and the ship groaned and dived, and yet steadfastedly shot her red hell further and further into the blackness of the sea and the night, and scornfully champed the white bone in its mouth, and viciously spat round her on all sides; then the rushing Pequod, freighted with savages and laden with fire, and burning a corpse, and plunging into that blackness of darkness, seemed the material counterpart of her monomaniac commander's soul.
Rich New York monomaniac Xander Drax (Treat Williams, with a Clark Gable moustache and an unthreateningly squeaky voice) is out to collect three jeweled skulls that, when put together, will give him the standard, mystical Power Beyond Belief.
characterized by a partial lesion of the intelligence, affections or will," Esquirol's monomaniac labored under a "false principle without deviating from logical reasonings.
Of course, of his first two teachers, one has been described as a monomaniac about antiquity, the other as a monomaniac about horses; there's an early Gericault which seems to demonstrate how many back views of horses can be packed on to a single canvas in stacked rows.
We see how the reappearance of a word can suggest a speaker's obsession, and certainly this narrator is a monomaniac where the old man's eye - an eye perhaps merely covered with cataracts - is concerned.
Drummer Paul Apperley maintains a monomaniac tattoo, working the toms with malicious blows, but the real return is made by his brother, guitarist Alan, whose clangorous wall of sound does the work of three lesser axes, working closely with Eammon Duffy, who pedals and putters around his heavy-core basslines.
Polly's prayers to her absent "dear papa" are, to Lucy, indicative of "that monomaniac tendency" with which "the most unfortunate .