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megalomania


She described him as an authoritarian megalomaniac.
  a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur (belief that you are much more important than you are)
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  • She described him as an authoritarian megalomaniac.
  • Confident, self-assured, real men who wouldn’t have forced her to pretend to be anything but her own perfect, rigid, demanding, brilliant, creative, fascinating, rapacious, megalomaniac self.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • We have a megalomaniac problem.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • A megalomaniac.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • But they might well decide he was insane and needed treatment for his megalomania.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • It is not a house of God, but the cell of a megalomaniac.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He might have said something, some offering of impotent outrage, if this had been the work of the Taliban, or al-Qaeda, or some megalomaniacal Mujahideen commander.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "Ah, baron, baron," said Albert, "you are not listening—what barbarism in a megalomaniac like you!"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The only people who could stop it —three fashionably dressed teenaged demigods and a megalomaniac goat.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • That’s not a sign of impending megalomania or anything.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels

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  • As the negative press filtered back to him, the megalomaniacal leader turned a cold shoulder to the criticism and insulated his team as much as possible from the other expeditions.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • One way you feed his megalomania, the other you baulk it.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • That sounds megalomaniacal.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • And in believing, he couldn’t see how outrageously megalomaniacal his words sounded to others.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • She could not see that in trying to curb what she regarded as megalomania she was doing anything wicked.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • This runaway megalomania marked him as a blood member of the fraternity of generals.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "And if you look in the dictionary under ’delusional megalomaniac,’ you’ll see your picture."
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • …the race, now represented by the Irish Republican Army rather than by the Scots Nationalists, who had always murdered landlords and blamed them for being murdered—the race which could make a national hero of a man like Lynchahaun, because he bit off a woman’s nose and she a Gall—the race which had been expelled by the volcano of history into the far quarters of the globe, where, with a venomous sense of grievance and inferiority, they even nowadays proclaim their ancient megalomania.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It can result in megalomania, as I call it.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Are you a complete megalomaniac?
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • A sensitive, susceptible, exaggerative, earnest man: a megalomaniac, who would be lost without a sense of humor.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • ’He had fits of madness and megalomania upon the dais, as the scribes, their heads bent in terror, pretended not to hear.’
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Even a megalomaniacal billionaire, determined to prevent the dehydration of his pride, grows weary of pouring away money with the tap open wide.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • I liked him immensely, his sullenness, his corpselike color, except when he was lodged in a good mood, when he became overbearing and megalomaniacal.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • He’s a megalomaniac.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • "You give good megalomania," I said.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • But a touch of megalomania, all the same.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Or, our business is to contend against the very megalomania we tend to induce, if you follow my reasoning.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I recognize the megalomania in myself, and I recognize that I must make perfectly sure that my motives are as pure as possible.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • A touch of megalomania.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Leaving aside the reasons why they are what they are-which can range from a justifiable cause to the psychopathic megalomania of a Jackal-you keep the charades going because they’re playing out their own.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • And yet sometimes … You see, a megalomaniac, as psychologists tell us, is a man who has done a good deal of repressing—pretending to himself that he does not actually feel what he actually feels, if you see what I mean.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Why does every one jump straight to megalomania when this project gets mentioned?
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • What he said was megalomaniacal, but suppose it was true?
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Was I doing all this for Poteete and Pearce and Bentley, or was I doing this because of a runaway megalomania I could not control?
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • What comes through even more strongly is megalomania, delusions of grandeur, of complete loss of ability to understand the effect of what he was saying on others.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • There was always a grandeur and a nobility in my megalomania.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • His seductive voice, which seemed to lick each of his hideous threats to savor the texture and astringency of it, was filled with the quiet confidence and smug superiority of a megalomaniac who carries the badge of a secret authority, receives a comfortable salary with numerous fringe benefits, and knows that in his old age he will be able to rely upon the cushion of a generous civil-service pension.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
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