dipsomania

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dipsomania an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dipsomania refers to an insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages
    • n Dipsomania (Med) A morbid an uncontrollable craving (often periodic) for drink, esp. for alcoholic liquors; also improperly used to denote acute and chronic alcoholism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dipsomania In pathol, an irresistible and insatiable craving for intoxicants.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dipsomania dip-sō-mā′ni-a a morbid craving for alcoholic stimulants
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. thirst + mania
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. dipsa, thirst, and mania, madness.

Usage

In literature:

It verged on dipsomania.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
Then I remembered our enthusiasm over the Palace of Dipsomania.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
This inebriate's first resistance to his dipsomania was interpreted darkly, with sundry shrugs and winks and gestures.
"A Republic Without a President and Other Stories" by Herbert Ward
They may show themselves in periodical acts, as in dipsomania.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
I shouldn't wonder if it were a case of dipsomania.
"Roland Graeme: Knight" by Agnes Maule Machar
Probably, with the low cunning and fallacious reasoning of dipsomania, he had pouched her savings with that very thought in mind.
"Joan Thursday" by Louis Joseph Vance
An indulged appetite for drink is called dipsomania.
"How to Care for the Insane" by William D. Granger
Saw advertisement to-day, "Wanted, a few hopeless Drunkards," from a person who has a new Patent Remedy for Dipsomania.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105, September 2nd, 1893" by Various
From this it is but a step to dipsomania, which can often be cured.
"Psychical Miscellanea" by J. Arthur Hill
Dipsomania is not drunkenness nor riotous dissipation; it is a disease.
"The Critical Game" by John Albert Macy
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