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dipsomaniac

[dip-suh-mey-nee-ak, -soh-] /ˌdɪp səˈmeɪ niˌæk, -soʊ-/
noun
1.
a person with an irresistible craving for alcoholic drink.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; dipsomani(a) + -ac
Related forms
dipsomaniacal
[dip-suh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l, -soh-] /ˌdɪp sə məˈnaɪ ə kəl, -soʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
See drunkard.
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Examples for dipsomaniac
  • As the dipsomaniac who shatters the psychiatrist's professional calm, he gives a sincere, natural and likable performance.
British Dictionary definitions for dipsomaniac

dipsomaniac

/ˌdɪpsəʊˈmeɪnɪˌæk/
noun
1.
any person who has an uncontrollable and recurring urge to drink alcohol Shortened form dipso
adjective
2.
relating to or affected with dipsomania
Derived Forms
dipsomaniacal (ˌdɪpsəʊməˈnaɪəkəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for dipsomaniac
n.

"drunkard," 1858, from dipsomania; slang shortening dipso is from 1880.

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