September 18, 2009 at 10:40 AM 3 comments

I’m making a new word:  opinephilia

Pronunciation: \o-‘pin-fi-lē-ə\
Function: noun
Date: 2009

: obsession with collecting and distributing self-promoting ideas and opinions.
Characterized by an unhealthy tendency to ignore opposing thoughts.
o·pine·phil·i·ac \-fi-lē-ak\ adjective or noun

People who are afflicted with opinephilia could be considered extremely selfish, often subscribe to polarization, and are frequently considered zealots.  Opinephilia symptoms are most visible when a person refuses to accept or acknowledge that another thought or idea can exist that is not their own, and may go to great lengths to promote their own ideals.  Sufferers may not have cognitive ability, or may over compensate with strong behavior of denial, to explain why they believe or act as they do.

Example of mass opinephilia:

The Crusades

Examples of well known opinephiliacs:

Adolf Hitler, Ann Coulter, Fidel Castro, Spartacus League, Henry VIII, Slobodan Miloševic and Osama bin Laden.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rightbill  |  September 18, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Hi Nathan,

    I like the word… I also like:

    prin·ci·pled (prĭn’sə-pəld) adj. Based on, marked by, or manifesting principle: a principled decision; a highly principled person.

    Especially in conjuction with: principles, a personal or specific basis of conduct or management: to adhere to one’s principles


  • 2. Camel  |  August 10, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    very interesting. Never heard about this word

    • 3. Nathan Schmidt  |  August 10, 2011 at 8:16 AM

      There’s a certain irony here. 🙂


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