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cacoethes

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cacoethes \Cac'o*["e]"thes\, noun [L., fr. Gr. ???????? of ill habits, ?? ???????? an ill habit; kako's bad + ? habit]

1. A bad custom or habit; an insatiable desire; as, caco["e]thes scribendi, "The itch for writing". --Addison.

2. (Med.) A bad quality or disposition in a disease; an incurable ulcer.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cacoethes

noun

1: an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action [syn: {mania}, {passion}, {cacoethes}]


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