Eleutheromania

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Eleutheromania, or eleutherophilia is "a mania or frantic zeal for freedom".[1] Some usages of the term make it sound like it could be used in a medical context with a hint of an irrational disorder, such as John G Robertson's definition that described it as a mad zeal or irresistible craving for freedom.[2] However other usages assign to the term normal human emotional responses such as a mere passion for liberty.[3] Individuals with this condition are called eleutheromaniacs.[4] An antonym for the term is eleutherophobia. An individual that fears freedom is an eleutherophobe.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The French Revolution - Page 242, A.H.R. Ball - 2005
  2. ^ a b John Robertson, An Excess of Phobias and Manias, 2003 p 75
  3. ^ Liberty - Volumes 235-312 - Page 361, Benjamin Ricketson Tucker - 1970
  4. ^ Current Literature - Volume 49 - Page 564, Edward Jewitt Wheeler - 1910