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Nov. 7th, 2018 | 08:45 am

mythomaniac (mith-uh-MAY-nee-ak) - n., someone who lies or exaggerates to an abnormal degree.


A pathological liar, or someone with Munchausen syndrome. This is not nearly as old a word as many believe -- it was coined in this sense (there's an earlier one of someone obsessed with myths, which lived and died in the 19th century) around 1910 from mythomania, itself coined in 1909 from Greek myth, in the sense of a false story + Latin root -mania.

---L.

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