monomania


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monomania

an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc.
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Perhaps this was my own imagination, but at any rate I was now persuaded that my friend was afflicted with a most singular and interesting monomania. Without, I trust, any abatement of my affectionate solicitude for him as a friend, I began to regard him as a patient, rich in possibilities of profitable study.
He thought of it constantly, so that it became a monomania. Uncle William was affected by the great heat too, and in August they had three weeks of sweltering weather.
Judging from many traditionary anecdotes, this peculiar temper was hardly less than a monomania; or, if the acts which it inspired were those of a sane person, it seemed due from Providence that pride so sinful should be followed by as severe a retribution.
"It is the sort of malady which we call monomania," said the doctor.
At once ferocious and maudlin, I was made to murder my uncle with no extenuating circumstances whatever; Millwood put me down in argument, on every occasion; it became sheer monomania in my master's daughter to care a button for me; and all I can say for my gasping and procrastinating conduct on the fatal morning, is, that it was worthy of the general feebleness of my character.
Electric Picnic festival goers will get a chance to hear Dave Gergarty of BellX1 fame air tracks from his new '80s sounding solo album Monomania, which is being released this weekend Going under the moniker Join Me In The Pines (JMITP), Dave said he's "big time" looking forward to performing on the Jerry Fish stage this Saturday afternoon with his band.
The nationalists' monomania has given her something to react against.
But it's wrong to indulge a monomania whereby emissions cuts become the sole objective of climate policy.
It becomes really difficult towards the end because I have almost no perspective, a total kind of monomania. I thought if I decided to work in a series I could work that intensively but then give myself some perspective by also working on something else intensively.' Price laughs.
Ahab's monomania, his desire to hunt down the white whale, is the drive that begins this journey.
(2) The narrative rendering of his self-deception is, I propose, indebted to Koestler's fascination, over many years, with the monomania of Melville's Ahab and even, in some subconscious measure, to Ishmael's narrative habit of compensating for having earlier surrendered his best judgment to Ahab's totalitarianism.