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
The dipsomaniac, even if he escape the horrors of a death by delirium tremens, falls a victim to paralysis or heart disease.
"A Vindication of England's Policy with Regard to the Opium Trade" by Charles Reginald Haines
The father a dipsomaniac.
"813" by Maurice Leblanc
It was chiefly celebrated as a lunatic asylum, but it has an annex where dipsomaniacs and drug fiends are cared for.
"Who?" by Elizabeth Kent
The unfortunate woman was an erratic dipsomaniac.
"The Revellers" by Louis Tracy
For our purposes here, a dipsomaniac with a love craze and the opium habit is no use.
"By Wit of Woman" by Arthur W. Marchmont
Like the reformed dipsomaniac I was determined to see what I could do without it.
"The Red Mouse" by William Hamilton Osborne
I blame her no more than I blame a dipsomaniac; I bear her no ill-will for causing the one miscarriage in my plans.
"The Sixth Sense" by Stephen McKenna
This physician finds from the evidence that Poe was a dipsomaniac.
"The Critical Game" by John Albert Macy
The dipsomaniac was a man to be envied.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
Dipsomaniacs, so to speak, live entirely in London.
"Scarlet and Hyssop" by E. F. Benson
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