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[dip-suh-mey-nee-uh, -soh-] /ˌdɪp səˈmeɪ ni ə, -soʊ-/
an irresistible, typically periodic craving for alcoholic drink.
Origin of dipsomania
1835-45; < New Latin < Greek díps(a) thirst + -o- -o- + manía -mania Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dipsomania
Historical Examples
  • It is, however, as an authority on dipsomania that he is best known.

  • It's best not to be too intelligent about insanity and dipsomania and all the other hereditary details.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • I dislike to hear drunkenness called dipsomania, as I so often do; but I do not therefore say that dipsomania is only drunkenness.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • Then I remembered our enthusiasm over the Palace of dipsomania.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • dipsomania is not drunkenness nor riotous dissipation; it is a disease.

    The Critical Game John Albert Macy
  • From this it is but a step to dipsomania, which can often be cured.

    Psychical Miscellanea J. Arthur Hill
  • They may show themselves in periodical acts, as in dipsomania.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • His views resulted in depression, which led to dipsomania, and he d. in poverty and misery.

  • One of the most frequently discussed conditions of supposed pathological inheritance of this order is dipsomania.

  • One firm actually has the assurance to advertise a preparation of this kind as a remedy for dipsomania.

British Dictionary definitions for dipsomania


a compulsive desire to drink alcoholic beverages
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek dipsa thirst + -mania
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Word Origin and History for dipsomania

1843, "morbid craving for alcohol," coined in medical Latin from Greek dipsa "thirst" (of unknown origin) + mania.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dipsomania in Medicine

dipsomania dip·so·ma·ni·a (dĭp'sə-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
An insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.

dip'so·ma'ni·ac (-āk') adj. & n.
dip'so·ma·ni'a·cal (-mə-nī'ə-kəl) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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