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Definition someone with an irrational urge to steal in the absence of an economic motive
  • She fits the profile of a kleptomaniac.
  • ...moved in with me after being attacked by her kleptomaniac roommate for...
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • kleptomaniac = someone with an irrational urge to steal in the absence of an economic motive
  • Your son came to us because of kleptomania.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I figure he's a kleptomaniac.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • They struggle as the kleptomaniac against his own vice.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • "That's kleptomania," Sticky said.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Whoever her mother was, Piper had no reason to think she'd be proud to claim a kleptomaniac daughter with massive problems.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • In the station lobby, a kleptomaniac dwarf was busy picking the pockets of everyone else in the booking line, including the officer he was handcuffed to.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Askim was notorious for his kleptomania; the Zamperinis lived above a grocery, and the dog made regular shoplifting runs downstairs, snatching food and fleeing.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • All the way into the city, I put up with Nancy Bobofit, the freckly, redheaded kleptomaniac girl, hitting my best friend Grover in the back of the head with chunks of peanut butter-and-ketchup sandwich.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Her method was to put on layers of dresses in the fitting booths, also underpants and slips; and the way she had gotten out of the rap was to convince the court psychiatrist that she had money and could pay but was afflicted with kleptomania.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Paranoids, schizoids, cycloids, semicatatonics, men who claimed to have gone to heaven in flying saucers, women who had burned their children's sex organs off with Bic lighters, alcoholics, pyromaniacs, kleptomaniacs, manic-depressives, suicidals.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He did it by close trading, to be sure: he could not have done it save by close trading or dishonesty; and as your grandfather said, a man who, in a country such as Mississippi was then, would restrict dishonesty to the selling of straw hats and hame strings and salt meat would have been already locked up by his own family as a kleptomaniac.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • ...that he would have been yet more severely dealt with if his family as well as himself had not secretly regarded him as Mr. Featherstone's heir; that old gentleman's pride in him, and apparent fondness for him, serving in the stead of more exemplary conduct—just as when a youthful nobleman steals jewellery we call the act kleptomania, speak of it with a philosophical smile, and never think of his being sent to the house of correction as if he were a ragged boy who had stolen turnips.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The first-class passengers were worse than the others; but then, the rich have always been kleptomaniacs.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • Among the POWs was a chronically filthy, ingenious kleptomaniac named Mansfield.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken - adapted for young adults
  • Among the POWs was a chronically unwashed, ingenious, and possibly insane kleptomaniac named Mansfield.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The kleptomaniac dwarf swung back the little door.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The door was locked, naturally, but it may as well not have been for all the challenge it presented to a kleptomaniac dwarf.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Ryan Cross is a kleptomaniac.
    Jennifer Niven  --  All the Right Places

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