dipsomania

dipsomania

[dip-suh-mey-nee-uh, -soh-]
noun
an irresistible, typically periodic craving for alcoholic drink.

Origin:
1835–45; < Neo-Latin < Greek díps(a) thirst + -o- -o- + manía -mania

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dipsomania (ˌdɪpsəʊˈmeɪnɪə)
 
n
a compulsive desire to drink alcoholic beverages
 
[C19: New Latin, from Greek dipsa thirst + -mania]

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dipsomania
1843, "morbid craving for alcohol," coined from Gk. dipsa "thirst" + mania (q.v.).
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dipsomania dip·so·ma·ni·a (dĭp'sə-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
n.
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.
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