Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an addiction to alcohol

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A morbid an uncontrollable craving (often periodic) for drink, esp. for alcoholic liquors; also improperly used to denote acute and chronic alcoholism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathol, an irresistible and insatiable craving for intoxicants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess

Etymologies

Greek dipsa, thirst + -mania.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Based on Ancient Greek δίψα (dipsa, "thirst") + μανία (mania). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Indeed, the bad name that proverbially hangs the dog has already been given to the one under consideration, for bibliomania is older in the technology of this kind of nosology than dipsomania, which is now understood to be an almost established ground for seclusion, and deprivation of the management of one's own affairs.

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author

  • This condition occasionally proved to be the stage of transition into yet another modification of the disease -- that known as dipsomania, the phase exhibited by Bill Bates and the Semi-drunk.

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

  • A similar propensity for the use of liquor is termed dipsomania; so an uncontrollable disposition to smoke the pipe may be termed capnizomania.

    Plain facts for old and young : embracing the natural history and hygiene of organic life.

  • Because of this, we have the word "dipsomania," which the OED defines as:

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  • Her "dipsomania" took an unaggressive form, as she was by nature gentle and sweet; she simply used to shut herself in and drink until she would cry herself into a timid, suppressed hysteria.

    The Second Generation

  • Relocating is what led to the drug addiction, prostitution, and death that freaked out a generation of readers in Go Ask Alice, and to the teenybopper dipsomania of Sarah T.: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic.

    What Girls Want

  • The Derby piece is quite amazing, and it introduces the "mature" Thompson, if that word applies, including his centrality to the narrative, his dipsomania, his hallucinogens and his sidekick (in this case the artist Ralph Steadman).

    Getting to the Guy Behind the Gonzo

  • I probably got too depressed reading the comments that came before and, consequently, fed my own dipsomania.

    Follow up on the Israeli low-carb study | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • By the 16th century, the treatment for hydrophobia had already become a metaphor for dealing with dipsomania.

    Hair of the Dog and Other 'Cures'

  • It was possible that her malady was incurable (for I had heard enough to convince me that her dipsomania was only a pretence and that she was temperate in all her habits); in that case she might perhaps be justly subject to annoyances or even to restraint; but who could say whether she was curable or not, until she was able to make a clean breast of her symptoms instead of concealing them?

    Erewhon

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