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Sep 26, 2014
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Words made with combining forms

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fissiparous
teleology
xerophilous
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plutomania

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with Anu Garg

plutomania

PRONUNCIATION:
(ploo-tuh-MAY-nee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: An obsession with money or wealth.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek pluto- (wealth) + -mania (excessive enthusiasm or craze). Earliest documented use: 1652.

USAGE:
"Plutomania became rare and almost extinct in the days of the Commonwealth. People lost the habit of valuing possessions over personal relationships."
W. Warren Wagar; A Short History of the Future; University of Chicago Press; 1989.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away. -T.S. Eliot, poet (1888-1965)

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