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megalomania

a mental illness characterized by delusions of grandeur, power, wealth, etc.

megalomania

[‚meg·ə·lō′mā·nē·ə]
(psychology)
The delusion of greatness and omnipotence characterizing certain psychotic reactions.
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I don't know if the kind Ms Nicolaou is megalomaniac, although she almost became delusional from the pressure to keep her mouth shut.
"Here anybody worth their salt is a megalomaniac. American art is all about exuberance," I told her.
'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow' is about reporter Polly Perkins of the Chronicle and her investigation of a megalomaniac creator of robots trying to destroy the world.
Having read them all, from an indictment of the megalomaniac Murdoch to the banality of Big Brother they were all amusing, thought provoking and had much to say about the world we live in and the problems we face today.
If you consider yourself a power user and this digital behemoth isn't enough for you, you're not a power user, you're a computing megalomaniac freak.
A real human being who talked and acted like Miles's Jesus would be a megalomaniac. Miles rescues Jesus from that diagnosis by making him a literary figure no different in kind than Hamlet and God no different in kind than Zeus.
Only a paranoid megalomaniac who has lost favor with the majority of his people would have taken such a step, and Robert Mugabe is such a man.
Wells describes someone who is an egotist and a megalomaniac, with writer's block and a taste for sex.
The result, whether sublime or ridiculous, is undeniably megalomaniac in its ambition.
After a horse of Peter Savill's just beat one of Stan Clarke's last week at HQ, a voice was heard to say, "Megalomaniac 1, Plumber 0".
Showbiz and gossip columns dropped hints about a spendthrift, megalomaniac Simon micromanaging everything and firing people left and right.
In the 1930s, many Germans were dazzled by Hitler's oratory, and turned a blind eye to the effects of its anti-Semitic and megalomaniac purpose.