Over addiction

addiction

[uh-dik-shuhn]
noun
the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin addictiōn- (stem of addictiō) a giving over, surrender. See addict, -ion

overaddiction, noun
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addiction (əˈdɪkʃən)
 
n
the condition of being abnormally dependent on some habit, esp compulsive dependency on narcotic drugs

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addiction
c.1600, of habits, pursuits, etc., from L. addictionem (nom. addictio) "an awarding, a devoting," noun of action from addicere (see addict). Earliest sense was less severe: "inclination, penchant," but this has become obsolete. In main modern sense it is first attested 1906,
in ref. to opium (there is an isolated instance from 1779, with ref. to tobacco).
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addiction ad·dic·tion (ə-dĭk'shən)
n.
Habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one's voluntary control.

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addiction   (ə-dĭk'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A physical or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, such as a drug or alcohol. In physical addiction, the body adapts to the substance being used and gradually requires increased amounts to reproduce the effects originally produced by smaller doses. See more at withdrawal.

  2. A habitual or compulsive involvement in an activity, such as gambling.


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