Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bad custom or habit; a bad disposition.
- n. compulsion; mania
- n. medicine, obsolete A bad quality or disposition in a disease; an incurable ulcer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A bad custom or habit; an insatiable desire.
- n. (Med.) A bad quality or disposition in a disease; an incurable ulcer.
- n. an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
- Latin, from Ancient Greek κακοήθης (kakoēthēs, "ill-disposed") from κακός (kakos, "bad") + ἦθος (ēthos, "disposition, nature"). (Wiktionary)
“Among the rest she was seized with what we men call a cacoethes of the needle: "a raging desire" for work.”
“Tis most true, tenet insanabile multos scribendi cacoethes, and  there is no end of writing of books, as the wiseman found of old, in this  scribbling age, especially wherein  the number of books is without number, (as a worthy man saith,) presses be oppressed, and out of an itching humour that every man hath to show himself,  desirous of fame and honour”
“Trimalchionian episode, and the subsequent pamphleteering would by no means eradicate this "cacoethes emendandi.”
“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.”
“Boredom, a cluttered mind, and a terminal case of cacoethes scribendi.”
“Juvenal wrote that an incurable itch for scribbling cacoethes scribendi takes possession of many, and grows inveterate in their insane breast.”
“In the month of June, 1840, Lieutenant Sturt was ordered to survey the passes of the Hindoo Koosh, and I obtained leave from my regiment, then in camp at Cabul, for the purpose of accompanying him; my object was simply to seek pleasant adventures; the "_cacoethes ambulandi_" was strong upon me, and I thirsted to visit the capital of ancient”
“The recovery of the Trimalchionian episode, and the subsequent pamphleteering would by no means eradicate this "cacoethes emendandi.”
“I do not believe that there are any cases of the _cacoethes subscribendi_.”
“But in his old age he had fallen a prey to the cacoethes scribendi; he insisted upon having his say about everything, yet his stock of ideas had long since run out.”
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