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Saturday, January 29, 2011

cacoethes

\kak-oh-EE-theez\ , noun;
1.
An irresistible urge; mania.
Quotes:
We must talk, think, and live up to the spirit of the times, and write up to it too, if that cacoethes be upon us, or else we are nought.
-- Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers
A cacoethes for travel seemed suddenly to have possessed the old gentleman, and an airy allusion to Damascus had struck her dumb.
-- Leonard Merrick, The worldlings
Origin:
Cacoethes stems from the Greek kakoethes, a combination of the roots kakos, "bad," and ethes, "character." The word occurs famously in Juvenal's Latin phrase insanabile scribendi cacoethes, "incurable passion for writing."
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