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monomania

an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc.
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Ahab was permanently scarred when the whale chewed off his leg and his monomaniacal character does not change in the course of the novel.
The film too is monomaniacal, lacking something in breathing-space; Anderson has a gift for intensity, but it sometimes translates to sounding the same note over and over.
Sure, there are screaming single-issue lobbyists and monomaniacal ideologues who make for good TV drama, but most of the discussions that take place off camera are boringly civil, well-informed, and respectful.
Threatening the normal structures of authority, insanity is engaged in an endless dialogue - a monomaniacal monologue sometimes - about power.'
He's a flat character, monomaniacal, whose entire substance seems to be in the Dickensian irony of describing him as priest-like with an Of Mice and Men- style relationship with a mob bruiser identified only as "the big man." Even here the irony is pervasive.
He'll not achieve it by thinking of industry as the "other side." He'll not achieve it with a dated, ideological and almost monomaniacal focus on conditions and practices.
He was rabid about James Joyce, almost monomaniacal, managing to make a connection to Joyce in nearly every paper he wrote, no matter what the topic.
The monomaniacal Rand brothers (Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist) are ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for what was then known as the fatal "white-blood disease".
There's no stewardship, only a monomaniacal focus on density; that's clearly shown by Sundt's analysis of current plans for south Willamette Street.
He readily admits that his urge to accumulate has been monomaniacal, elbowing out the demands of friends and family.
Yet there is also something monomaniacal about this engagement, too, something horrendously, deadly earnest.