dipsomaniac

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dipsomaniac a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dipsomaniac One who has an irrepressible desire for alcoholic drinks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dipsomaniac One who suffers from an irresistible and insatiable craving for intoxicants.
    • dipsomaniac Of or pertaining to dipsomania.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dipsomaniac one who suffers from the foregoing
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. dipsa, thirst, and mania, madness.

Usage

In literature:

And so passed a genius; but a dipsomaniac!
"London's Underworld" by Thomas Holmes
When the cup of tea came he drank it like a dipsomaniac gulping brandy.
"The Club of Queer Trades" by G. K. Chesterton
But the real reason was Turner's jealousy of him, the obsession of the dipsomaniac.
"The After House" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
You see splendid types; lots of dipsomaniacs .
"The Island Pharisees" by John Galsworthy
The moderate drinker who sits at table sipping his wine in the sight of one he knows to be a potential dipsomaniac is at best an unloving fool.
"First and Last Things" by H. G. Wells
A dipsomaniac needs to be taken away from home for a while.
"Children of the Bush" by Henry Lawson
She was a hopeless dipsomaniac.
"The Missionary" by George Griffith
And his son was a hunchback and a dipsomaniac.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
I know now that he really was a dipsomaniac of a somewhat unusual kind.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
As a psychologist I knew that Joe responded to the tala similarly to the way a human dipsomaniac does to alcohol.
"The Test Colony" by Winston Marks
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