addict

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v addict to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
    • n addict someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance; abrupt deprivation of the substance produces withdrawal symptoms
    • n addict someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction "a golf addict","a car nut","a bodybuilding freak","a news junkie"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Soldiers disease is a term for morphine addiction. The Civil War produced over 400,000 morphine addicts
    • p. p Addict Addicted; devoted.
    • Addict To adapt; to make suitable; to fit. "The land about is exceedingly addicted to wood, but the coldness of the place hinders the growth."
    • Addict To apply habitually; to devote; to habituate; -- with to. "They addict themselves to the civil law.""He is addicted to his study.""That part of mankind that addict their minds to speculations.""His genius addicted him to the study of antiquity.""A man gross . . . and addicted to low company."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition. It is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine
    • addict To devote or give up, as to a habit or occupation; apply habitually or sedulously, as to a practice or habit: used reflexively: as, to addict one's self to the exercise of charity; he is addicted (addicts himself) to meditation, pleasure, or intemperance.
    • addict To give over or surrender; devote, attach, or assign; yield up, as to the service, use, or control of: used both of persons and of things.
    • addict Specifically In Roman law, to deliver over formally by the sentence of a judge, as a debtor to the service of his creditor. Synonyms Addict, Devote, Apply, accustom. These words, where they approach in meaning, are most used reflexively. Addict and devote are often used in the passive. Addict has quite lost the idea of dedication; it is the yielding to impulse, and generally a bad one. Devote retains much of the idea of service or loyalty by vow; hence it is rarely used of that which is evil. Addicted to every form of folly; devoted to hunting, astronomy, philosophy. Apply is neutral morally, and implies industry or assiduity: as, he applied himself to his task, to learning.
    • addict Addicted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Compulsive or pathological sexual behavior have a 12-step program available to them through SLAA, the Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.
    • v.t Addict ad-dikt′ to give (one's self) up to (generally in a bad sense):
    • adjs Addict given up to (with to)
    • v.t Addict ad-dikt′ (B.) to devote or dedicate one's self to
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Quotations

  • Richard Neville
    Richard Neville
    “Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.”
  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can't tell the truth without lying.”
  • Robert Holden
    Robert Holden
    “Laughter is a highly addictive positive contagious: if somebody starts, it's very difficult to stop.”
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    “Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.”
  • E. J. Hobsbawm
    E. J. Hobsbawm
    “Historians are to nationalism what poppy-growers in Pakistan are to heroin-addicts: we supply the essential raw material for the market.”
  • Anthony J. D'Angelo
    Anthony J. D'Angelo
    “Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. addictus, p. p. of addicere, to adjudge, devote; ad, + dicere, to say. See Diction
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. addicĕre, addictumad, to, dicĕre, to declare.

Usage

In literature:

He was very much addicted also to hunting.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And as the eldest of them all is addicted to dice, they are liable to be oppressed by all.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
For fundamentally those are the things to which America is addicted and to which she is devoted.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
He became greatly addicted to swearing.
"Charles Duran" by The Author of The Waldos
Great-Aunt Sophronisba would have left a much larger fortune had she been less addicted to lawsuits.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
I am profoundly grateful to God for the women who have addicted themselves to this most self-denying of work for the Master's sake.
"The American Missionary, Vol. 44, No. 5, May 1890" by Various
The admonitory lines at the end doubtless refer to his early addiction to strong drink.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
He further states that he was addicted to periodical sprees.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
That Mr. Thomas Gradgrind was unduly addicted to hard facts might have been delicately insinuated in the course of two hundred pages.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
Any man addicted to falling in love knew well enough it shouldn't be.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
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In poetry:

Or blessed encounter, full of joy,
Unscheduled on the Giesen Plan,
With, here, an addict of Tolkien,
There, a Charles Williams fan.
"On the Circuit" by W H Auden
Ne'er take thy Maker's name in vain,
But from that fatal sin refrain:
For he shall ne'er be guiltless thought,
Who is addicted to that fault.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
I was stubborn by nature and addicted to perfect lines,
fought to the death to find words that startle.
Now in old age my poems flow out freely, the way
flowers and birds forget deep sorrow in spring.
"A Short Poem Written At The Moment When A Rising River Looked Like A Rolling Ocean" by Du Fu

In news:

Will new tattooed, drug addicted TV version of Sherlock Holmes turn off die-hard fans.
Phillips Pregnant and Drug-Addicted : What Are the Options.
Most people try and keep their drug addictions on the down low, but not Cat Marnell.
Central New York's prescription-drug epidemic creates state's highest rate of drug-addicted babies.
View full size Michelle Gabel/The Post-Standard "€œBabies can'€™t tell us, I'€™m crawling out of my skin," € Crouse Hospital neonatalogist Michelle Bode said about drug-addicted newborns.
New York Senator Charles Schumer wants action taken after hearing about statistics that show a rise in babies born addicted to prescription drugs.
Christie blasts Democrats for cuts to programs for poor, abused, drug addicted.
Drug Addicted judge had sex during court breaks.
Ex-judge Richard Baumgartner's drug-addicted downfall makes national spotlight.
Ohio's children's hospitals to collaborate on asthma and drug-addicted babies research.
How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warnings.
Drug-addicted babies difficult to treat.
Carla Sanders, right, neo-natal nurse practitioner, and Terry King, left, pharmacist checks on a pill-addicted 2-month-old on Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 in the NICU at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
Summit County woman who gave birth to drug-addicted baby arrested.
A Summit County mother charged with child abuse after giving birth to a drug-addicted baby was in custody Tuesday.
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In science:

There are suggestions that nonsynaptic diffusion neurotransmission plays a fundamental role in certain sustained brain functions which include vigilance, hunger, mood, responses to certain sensory stimuli as well as abnormal functions like mood disorder, spinal shock, spasticity and drug addiction.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
Therefore, there is more information about the loss rates of the links located in the intersections since information is addictive under i.i.d. assumption.
Loss Tomography from Tree Topologies to General Topologies
We also introduce as addictional quality factor a parameter dF T for a quantitative measure of the amount of fine-tuning of parameters which changes χ2 by one unit with all other parameters fixed at their best fit values), dF T = (cid:80) is needed in each model.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
One of the fun things about lattice gauge theory is the addictive power it gives over the system.
So you want to be a lattice theorist?
In this case the temperature plays the role of an addictive noise, while chaos produces chaotically fluctuating couplings.
Antiferromagnetic effects in Chaotic Map lattices with a conservation law
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