Definition of oniomania in English:


Pronunciation /ˌōnēōˈmānēə/ /ˌoʊnioʊˈmeɪniə/


  • An obsessive or uncontrollable urge to buy things.

    ‘oniomania can affect either sex, but the vast majority of compulsive shoppers are adult females’
    • ‘‘Compulsive shopping’, which is formally known as oniomania, is not yet included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.’


From Greek ōnios ‘for sale’, from ōnos ‘price, purchase’ see -mania.